When life’s turned upside down by the murder of a local child, how does it impact a community?
“Although people in a small town know everybody's business, the whole town also shares everybody's joy (like the birth of a new baby) and everybody's pain (like the passing of one in their community) In those days of basic innocence's, the murder of a child was unheard of...the entire community felt shock, fear, disbelief that anyone in their town could ever do anything so horrific. For the first time, people began to lock their doors”
Where does the tittle, The Shingle Weaver’s Picnic, come from?
“The local lumber mills not only produced milled lumber for building etc., but also a huge amount if shingles, the preferred material for roofing at that time. Those who collected, stacked and bundled the shingles were called Shingle Weaver's. Each 4th July, the mill owners put on a large, free, picnic for all their employees at a near by lake...It was called THE SHINGLE WEAVE'R'S PICNIC”
As an octogenarian with seven great grand-kids, what took you so long to debut as a novelist?
“I’ve always believed that all things happen in their own sweet time and as long as you keep the doors of possibility open. Life can be messy at times...filling your life with responsibilities, duties, obligations, but if you have patience and never give up on your dreams, those dreams can come true. My time to follow my dreams finally arrived...a little later then I had hoped, but arrived none the less”
What were the biggest challenges to writing your first novel, especially one that took you back to the time of your childhood?
”I'd have to say my biggest challenge was convincing myself that I could really make the leap from being an occasional writer for clubs, organizations to a real honest to God novelist. I have to give 2 of my writing teachers credit for giving me the courage to even try...Season Fox and Carole Bugge. Season kept telling me I could do this, she even did most of my editing, and Carole, a published author in her own right, said my writing was very good. They are both wonderful teachers and they made me believe, Yes, maybe I can do this...
so. I did“