Once we hit home from Kentucky, we washed, repacked and headed for Kansas to tend family business. DH’s sister was in town from Montana, and she was promoting her book about a little girl growing up in Kansas during the 1940s. She hit several small Kansas libraries, and we caught up with her in Chanute. Kansas.
The Chanute library moved several years ago to occupy space in the old train station. The Osa and Martin Museum is also housed there. The building is still gorgeous, and it feels good to see the historic building not only saved for the future but being well used as well.
Suzanne Waring wrote her story based on her growing up years in Kansas and called the book Searching for a Special Place. Here is what she says about her book:
In this story for children of all ages, the little girl, who is the main character, wants to find a "special place" of her very own after she moves from the city to an unfamiliar Midwest farm during the late 1940s. While she is looking, circumstances demand that she use her imagination to occupy herself as there's no television, not even radio, or store-purchased toys for entertainment. She also helps her parents and grandparents do the work required before the advent of conveniences, such as electrical power. Along with her family, she experiences the sadness and joy that are part of farm life.
Recently, Waring attended a writing conference where she heard that the trend for self-published books and e-books is escalating. This was good news for her since her own book is self-published by Lulu. She also writes for newspapers and magazines across the state of Montana.
Tomorrow, more in a short interview with Suzanne Waring.