September 14, 2018
For years, I planned to write a book about a Southern heroine during the Civil War, the Great War, or World War II. This book would be about the era, the setting, the way of life, and then throw in a little romance to make it interesting.
The novels I love to read are usually about time-travel, historical romance, ghostly beings, biographies from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, music, and I could go on and on. It has been my quest to find one novel that included all, or most of, my favorite genres. My personal search was fruitless. I know what I like, so I decided to write my own story.
“The Music of Her Life” is my answer to the novel I so desperately wanted to find. My favorite genres are covered:
Music- Big Band Era
World War II
The history of the time is my passion and my intense family research has introduced me to the day-to-day lives of my relatives who are considered Alabama Pioneers. After digging deep into the Alabama Archives, I never knew that one of my great-grandfathers was a Confederate prisoner of war in Ohio, and the other was an old country doctor in St. Clair County, Alabama. I was also able to see and copy an old photograph (circa 1880s) of my great grandmother with three of her eight children, a photograph none of our surviving family members had ever seen. How romantic it was to find out how my grandmother and grandfather (the town physician) met while he lived in a boarding house two blocks away from her. These findings are precious to me and our family histories are valuable resources to hand down to our children and grandchildren.
Technology today is a blessing in so many ways, but not having a Polaroid or the old “Brownie” camera handy, is to me, unfortunate for our generations to come.
Until next time,