My long-awaited book has come to fruition. It’s the story of my growing up a Pennsylvania farm girl in the ’50’s as part of a large family. In the mid ’60’s I pursue my wish of going to Hawaii to fulfill my dreams for life. As a newly graduated Licensed Practical Nurse, little did I know that the hospital where I had accepted a job was a Japanese medical center. “Little did I know” is an understatement, because “little did I know” about anything, including life far from home and living in a city, not to mention culture and language. I was 20, I had a year’s worth of nursing training and just less than a year’s worth of nursing experience tucked under my belt, to go off and meet the world head on. The book is loaded with laughs, loves, relationships and people from all over the world that I came to love. Forty-six years later, I finally had time to break open the long time closed envelopes where the letters to home had been stored. The story I had long dreamed of writing came to life.
You may wonder how the picture at the top of my blog came to be on the back cover of the book. I think it is a great story. My publisher told me she checked out my blog and after reading my story in the book decided that this picture describes me well. I like it. I love to be thought of zipping through life with frivolous ferociousness. Thank goodness for a husband who watches over me and doesn’t let me get into too much trouble.
The book is a product of Port Hole Publications located in Florence, Oregon. My husband, whom I met and married in Hawaii, and I recently made a trip there to meet my publisher and see my book for the first time. Ellen Gunderson Traylor is a well established author of Biblical Historical Fiction books that I have had in my reading library for years. I was delighted to have her publish my book. She signed the one book I will call my own.
It is my wish to have as many people as possible that are mentioned in the book sign my copy. It just seems like a fun thing to do.
Carol Gunderson, the editor signed it as well. We were invited to the Port Hole Publication center for Sunday brunch and had a delightful time visiting with other authors and seeing her amazing facilities.
The cover of the book looks very much like the beach at Waikiki in Honolulu, actually the sand picture was taken on a beach along the beautiful Oregon coast and here Ellen is presenting me with stick that drew the letters. Photo Shop is a wonderful thing.
Besides being able to meet the publisher, the town of Florence was having a festival of books and we were invited. I had the privilege of talking to potential customers about my book, and learned that many people had been to Hawaii and even some who had been there in the mid 1960’s when my story takes place. I was much encouraged as a lot of people listened and told me that it was a wonderful premise for a story.
My best line to them and to you is “Let the book transport you to a less sophistacated Hawaii for under 25.00.” Go to Amazon books and search for A Wish Called Wanda, read the reviews and buy the book, or contact me and I can see that you get one.