My Pop graduated to glory 17 years ago last Saturday. He and my mom are now together. I do miss them more than I can say. But today I received some GREAT news about him and his story.
As many of you know, I’ve been working on a book of his amazing exploits in WWII for at least the last 12 years. It’s been turned down by dozens of publishers.
A couple of months ago, my agent, Greg Johnson, suggested I work with an experienced author who has done several war books, Mike Yorkey. I was delighted to do so, as I had a lovely experience working with him on my book, God’s Divine Design for Highly Healthy Teens.
We began a rewrite and, I have to tell you, Mike is making the words leap off the pages. It’s become a thrilling page-turner. Barb says, “It’s beautiful.”
As I told you last month, an early draft of the new book that Mike and I are writing just received two international Page Turner Awards: a “Highly Commended” and a “Finalist in Writing” Award. Out of the thousands of entries, 28 were 2020 “Highly Commended” award winners, and another 12 were “Writing Award Finalists.”
Well, if that wasn’t good news enough, Greg has just notified Mike and me that a wonderful contract on the book is being offered. I still don’t know all of the details, but it sounds like one of the best offers I’ve ever received. Of course, nothing is signed . . . yet. But, I wanted to share my excitement with all of you who have prayed so long and hard for this project.
Dad’s story deserves to be told, and I’m amazed, pleased, honored, privileged, and over-the-moon that it may finally see the light of day. One of Dad’s dear friends, after reading Stephen E. Ambrose’s Citizen Soldiers, gave him a copy and inserted this note inside:
This is a wonderful book which tells a great story about men like you. I did not fully realize who you were until I saw you through these great stories. Our nation owes you and many others a great debt. I always enjoyed our friendship; now I am honored by it.
I would echo his sentiment: Dad, I always loved being your son; however, now more than ever, I’m honored by it.
This story shall the good man teach his son … From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. And gentlemen … shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us.
William Shakespeare, King Henry V. Act IV, Scene III.
Also, in the book, you’ll meet dad’s second love, Chug. When he went on a top-secret mission to find the Lipizzan horses that Hilter had hidden in Czechoslovakia, he also found this amazing thoroughbred. He was able to save the horse, but in the end, this is the horse that saved him. I can’t wait to share the story with you all.