By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times
A native of Leeds, Ala., David Couts began his new book by telling the story of how his late brother-in-law affected his life. Jim Scott of Good Hope became one of what Couts refers to as the Brotherhood, a sort of soul binding, heart-touching, band of men who know each other sometimes in person and at other times, in spirit. They are soldiers, ministers, laborers, and some are people who just belong on the same spiritual plane.
Couts writes of everyday experiences, many of which happened right here in Cullman County. “I think that my book is pretty revealing of the heart of Cullman County,” says Couts.
Primarily, Couts thinks of himself as a storyteller. “I kind of grew up meeting all of these ‘real’ people. They were storytellers, too, and I got to feed off of their energy,” he said. “I started writing down all of their stories a few years ago when people kept suggesting that I write a book.”
Couts collected these stories for over 20 years. After doing extensive research, he chose to have his book published by Amazon. He admits that he can’t type a lick but depends on his wife, Wanda, who, he laughs, finally did succeed in forcing him to get an email address.
Wanda (Scott) Couts grew up in Good Hope and still has family there. The Couts lived in 14 different houses over the course of about six years. “I started buying, remodeling and selling houses for a while and at first she agreed to it,” laughed Couts. “Finally, she had enough of it and we settled down.”
The Couts have been married for 28 years. For four years they lived in Gulf Shores, but the hills of Cullman County finally called them home, and they are back in Good Hope to stay.
Formerly, David Couts worked in a millwork supply business, then was involved in other ventures after selling the millwork concern in the ’90s. He has settled into writing now, doing it all in long hand. This is his second book.
“Brotherhood, Ferris Wheels and Politicians” deals with everything under the sun, from dew drops to death. In his own brand of descriptive passages, Couts takes you on early morning hikes, across fields still damp with morning mist, and into his heart, as he reCouts the death of his beloved brother-in-law. Other stories are humorous, inspiring and spiritual.
The free eBook version of Brotherhood, Ferris Wheels and Politicians starts today and will run from Dec. 8-12.