I had no thoughts about writing a book in the beginning. But as my story began to unfold, friends and family were fascinated by what was happening and, with tears in their eyes, almost universally reacted the same way. You have to write a book, notify Hollywood, contact TV talk shows. Your story is unbelievable. You need to share your story with the world. So I did.
2. What is it about?
My story is about my life-long search for my identity, my roots and especially my mother, not knowing if she was still alive or not as I got older. I found out she had she kept me a secret for 70 years, until the day I found her in 2011. I was almost 71 when we hugged for the first time. She was 95. The search for my father ended abruptly when we discovered his grave in a military cemetery located in Manilla, Philippines, a casualty of the war in the south Pacific during WWll.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
My hope is that people will enjoy the unique and remarkable one- step- forward, two- steps- backward story that follows my lifelong, sometimes frustrating, sometimes discouraging,sometimes rewarding search for my heritage , my history. The story is not just about adoption. It's also about all the crazy, sometimes tear-jerking, gut-wrenching things I learned during the search for my new, biological family. I also hope that my story will give others hope if they are searching for their roots and their unresolved identity.
4. What advice do you have for writers?
I'm not sure I'm the best candidate to be sharing advice about writing. I have been a contractor and a designer all my life but discovered out of necessity that I had an intense love of writing, of being able to creatively express my thoughts in my own unique way. The rewards are indescribable, even though, as in my case, the process was at times frustrating, discouraging, and painful. Writers, especially new ones like me, should always stay focused on the finish line and never give in to the pain of the journey along the way, as far off as it may seem.
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
It will never die. I discuss this often with many of my friends who are readers. The consensus---we will never give in to electronic attempts at replacing our love of holding a book in our hands, turning pages, and marking our place with physical bookmarks. A book is a possession that makes us feel good. I can't say I feel the same way about a computer, a laptop, or a tablet. They are electronic machines. Give me a book any day.
6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?
I was challenged by being a neophyte author, never having written a book before and not knowing anything about the finer aspects of the trade. Fortunately for me, I had a daughter who was a journalism major in college and was my loving critic, spell-checker, editor, and word processer through all four of my rewrites. When I got to the end of the process, I hated my book. It was two years in the making. In time, I realized that all the pain and suffering was worth the effort.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
My book is unlike any other. It's a true story that reads like a work of fiction because all the plots and sub-plots are so emotionally absorbing, spellbinding, and often hard to believe.