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Books, Writing, History, and the Ritchie Boys

In "Books, Writing, History and the Ritchie Boys" I share my thoughts on certain books, the process of writing, the experiences of an indie-publisher, short pieces on WWII and the Holocaust, highlights of places from Immigrant Soldier, and, occasionally, profiles of Ritchie Boys. Everything in this blog reflects my personal ideas and feelings–a memoir of sorts, it is my perspective and any errors or omissions are mine.

A Summer Book for Young Readers

After two years promoting my adult novel, Immigrant Soldier, I decided go back to my roots – children’s literature. As a result of the publication of the novel, I now have my very own publishing company. Why not publish a children’s book? 

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My Mother's Secret - A Self-Publication Success

I have to admit, Amazon has my number!  Whenever I sign in to my account on their website, I get a display of “featured recommendations,” and when I order a book, I am shown selections that “Customers who bought this item also bought.” It was one of these suggestions that lead me to the wonderful little novel, My Mother’s Secret   by J. L. Witterick.

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A Writers’ Workshop -"Turning a True Story into Fiction."

Last summer, as I planned a trip to the Dayton area, I contacted several organizations in southwestern Ohio which I thought might be interested in hearing one of my presentations. Usually the most popular one is "Discovering the Ritchie Boys of WWII," an overview of Camp Ritchie and the Ritchie Boys, their contributions to the WWII effort, and profiles of a few of the men I have interviewed or researched.
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The True Story of General Patton’s New Boots

 
My last blog explained the process of expanding and fictionalizing the true stories Herman told me. This imagining and expanding of Herman’s memories was great creative fun.  Far more difficult, but equally important, was culling redundant or irrelevant sections so the novel maintained a momentum to keep the reader engaged. 
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A Book Group Question about Immigrant Soldier

When I am speaking with book clubs who have read Immigrant Soldier, one of the questions I am most often asked is: “What parts are true and what bits are totally from the author’s imagination?”  Naturally in the limited time we usually have, and in the limited space of a blog post, I cannot go through the pages of the novel from beginning to end.  However, to give a sense of when and why I infused fiction into what is essentially a true story, I offer an explanation similar to the one that follows.

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