Violet Carr Moore enjoyed family genealogical research for many years. She traveled to several states, interviewed relatives and cemetery hopped alone or with her twin, Vi Parsons, before inspirational writing became her focus. She published her first book, In the Right Place, A Gallery of Treasured Moments, in 2006. Moments of Meditation, morning and evening devotionals, a culmination of her featured online devotional contributions to More to Life women's ministries was published in 2007.
Violet's most recent publications include memoirs and creative nonfiction short stories published in Voices of the Valley: Encore, (December 2013) and Voices of the Valley: First Press, an anthology of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch (December 2011). Her creative nonfiction short stories have been published in Tapestries: an anthology of creative writings by seniors (October 2011).
"A Real Mother," was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Devotional Stories for Mothers (Simon & Schuster, October 2010). "Miracle on a Train" was published in Christmas Miracles, an anthology by Cecil Murphey (St. Martin's Press, October 2009). Her short stories have also appeared in several Las Positas College anthologies (2008, 2009, 2010). Her Haiku-themed poetry appeared in Bay Area News Group printed and online newspapers premiered in 2009 where she placed in the winners circle or runner-ups multiple times. Violet juggles her writing with five suspense novels and one memoir, all works-in-progress.
Violet is past president of California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch (2010- 2012) and the current leader of the short story Feedback Committee. She is a member of the Dragoo Family Association, Tri-Valley novelist critique group, Tri-Valley Memoirist Critique group, Friends of the Livermore Library, a speaker at her church, and a perpetual college student. In quiet times, Violet knits hats for charities.
Vi Parsons has a passion for family history prompted by the birth of her first grandchild. That never-ending passion propelled her to achieve certificates in a Beginning Genealogy course from Brigham Young University (BYU) and the American Genealogy Course from the National Genealogical Society (NGS).
Her genealogical accomplishments include: Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); instructor and lecturer for Northern California genealogical and historical groups; Newsletter Editor and Past First Vice President and Education Director for the Roseville Genealogical Society; and, Past President, Editor and Librarian for the Dragoo Family Association. She received the Dragoo Family Association Louise Sinclair Award in 2010.
Double Take, a shared effort with her twin, Violet Moore, was printed for Vi's children and grandchildren. Out of stock for several years, book requests have resulted in a revitalization. The second edition will soon be released on Amazon.
"Miracle on the Mexico Border," an inspirational story of faith and perseverance, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins & More (2009). "Delivered by Angels," a story of the miraculous birth of her youngest daughter, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us (2013).
Vi documented her maternal ancestors from the early 1600s in France and England. Using those materials, she published Jacob Dragoo and our Susanna Bright Side, a family history book of her ancestors in the United States. Her next genealogy book was Dragoo Cemetery, Marion County, West Virginia.
She published The Legendary Indian Billy Dragoo, a documented history of her second great-grandfather, William "Indian Billy" Dragoo.
When she isn't writing or teaching, Vi quilts and crochets for nonprofit organizations.