In August, 1994, I interviewed Joe R. Seacrest about The Lincoln Journal's use of newspaper production technology. I had chosen to write a thesis about the Seacrest use of technology and I thought, since interviewing is one of my strengths, that I could do a series with Joe and do a quick thesis. I don't know if he knew at the time of our one-and-only interview that he wouldn't live to conduct another, but I do know that, on that August afternoon in 1994, he provided me with the entire outline of the Seacrest family's innovative trajectory. It only remained for me to fill in the detail. Thirty interviews with others I had to track down, and five years later, I finally completed a draft of this story.
It turned out to be about much more than technology--that is, more than 100 years of service to the first amendment, the community, and the so-called fourth estate.
My first book, Threshold: A Memoir, is a series of eighteen stories set largely on America's Great Plains, about one ordinary American family's struggle to thrive across race and through time and space. It encompasses eight generations and deals with issues that resonate even today. Perhaps there are patterns here to help us to thrive in this new century. For more, see Book Club Reading List.
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ISBN - 978-1480234383
Pages - 304
Publisher - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date - December 8, 2012
My novel-in-progress is based upon my parents' lives. In it, Maggie McGuire's singing career pits her against a mobster, a serial killer, a rapist and near starvation, but a sadistic doctor in Nebraska nearly destroys her.
I call it GRAVY here's why:
Every day of my life is gravy. That’s not because it’s been perfect or uncomplicated. I haven’t lived a charmed life. In fact, I grew up in a madhouse, certain that my mom was nuts. But I know now that my sheer existence is so improbable as to defy belief. My existence depended upon the displacements of the Great Depression and the Second World War. And it pitted a doctor’s sadistic experiment against my mother’s unyielding, bullheaded, teeth-clenching tenacity. Mom won, but it was a near thing and we all paid . . . and paid . . . and paid.
February 22, 2014, 1 p.m. - Author Fair, Omaha Public Library Main Branch, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha, NE
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