How thrilling it is to have people acknowledge your efforts and proclaim their pleasure in your book! That's what happened today when Wes and Roger took me to lunch at Connie Mac's Irish Pub to talk to me about my book Black Horse White Horse. For those of you who don't know about it, I wrote that book in 2006. It is a historical fiction account of two WPA workers, a writer and a photographer, traveling the back roads of South Jersey during the summer of 1937. The places they visit are real and many of the events they witness did occur, but the characters are entirely made-up.
For a year or so after I independently published the book, I gave presentations on the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Jersey. The last presentation I gave was a year or so ago at the Genealogical Society of Salem County monthly meeting at Friends Village in Woodstown. They were a great audience, very interested and with their own memories of the CCC in their area.
Anyhow, Wes enjoyed my book so much he bought several copies and gave them to his friends. I asked them today what a member of a writing club that I attend asked me yesterday. "What did they like about it?"
Both men said one of the things they liked so much about it was that it was a Road Trip, And since both men are history buffs, too, they liked the hsitory of South Jersey that is contained in the book.
What a delight it was to meet people who really enjoyed my book and wanted to talk about it. Thank you Wes!!! Thank you Roger. Wes will be giving a talk on the CCC at the Batsto Speaker's Series in August, I think he said it was on the 8th. I'll be there!.