3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I think that self-published books need a much better welcome. Big publishers and agents are interested in the blockbuster, which mine and other books are not. When it came to publicizing my book, I found a clear reluctance from bookstores and newspapers because it is self-published. More and more authors are going to self-publish and the publishing industry needs to get with the program.
6. What challenges did you have in writing your book? Fun challenges in doing the research and nailing down the historical stuff, making sure it is perfectly accurate. I spent 1973 – 2013 as a university professor, researcher, and writer and it’s all about the facts. I tried to bring the same strict standard to the writing of the memoir while at the same time not making it like an academic treatise. Vexing challenges like the one discussed in # 5 above: I had not anticipated the complete lack of reception by independent bookstores and newspapers because the book is self-published. I have managed to get the word out about the book through a Facebook author page, a Twitter author page, presentations about the book, radio interviews, and so forth.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? It’s a unique combination of family history and memoir, a genealogical memoir with some very good stories.