I know this doesn’t look like a new baby, but it is. It’s my new fiction, based on fact which is out this month. So, do we call that “faction”? Hard Times in the Heartland the third in the series of The Late Sooner. It’s based on my dad’s letters to Mom and me during WW II and family stories. Like my other books, the facts are carefully researched and woven into this story.
As a kid, I hated history class because it consisted of learning endless lists of dates to be regurgitated later onto a test paper. When I found my great-grandfather’s one-line-a-day diary in an antique chest fourteen years ago, the first Oklahoma Land Run became more than a list of facts–it became story. That diary became The Late Sooner.
When I found my dad’s stack of letters, WW II came alive as I saw it from his eyes. I was also struck by the parallels between then and what we see flashing across our TV screens today.
This December will be the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This month marks the 87th year since the Stock Market Crash of 1929. These two events mark the beginning and end of the era covered in Hard Times in the Heartland.
I hope Sally that your new Baby has much growth and not many teething problems, I’m sure many will find it interesting with you having factual confirmation and with the War focus also in your book, because it is a realty that has affected all our lives to some degree.
I always loved History and so excelled in it but like you Sally had trouble remembering dates. I still love to read History, including the History of what we Celebrate today, such as Christmas and Easter, it is indeed confirmed in Scripture that how and when we as Christians remember them today is when and how they were remembered in the early Church.
Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.
Thanks Anne for the comment. I’m in the generation that came to be immediately after the Depression and got my start during WW II. Those times did indeed shape who we are. It’s good to go back and look at those early days of the Church. It gives us perspective on today’s world.
Looks like a great read! So excited for you and those who will read Hard Times in the Heartland. I’m a lot like you, when it came to enjoying history in school. Then alas, more interesting to me now…as I connect the family dots with history. Congrats!
Didn’t realize we were soon to be at the 75th anniversary.
You know what? Neither did I! It finally donned on me about a month ago.