I began writing this book almost 15 years ago. I wanted to create a modern fable – one that would help me convince my two sons that a brother is someone you stand by. When I began, my goal was to fill one composition notebook (yes, I’m old school… not on my laptop when I started). By the time I finished eight of them, my right hand felt like it would never be the same! It took drive and tenacity to move my thoughts from paper to the computer.
Even though the story was still not finished, I began to transcribe all eight notebooks into a laptop that my wife, Yvonne, bought for me. I struggled! It took months for me to get this task accomplished – really more about drive, since I was a retired USPS Letter Carrier and quickly realized I had fast legs, but super slow fingers and typing speed.
While transcribing, and editing, the incomplete manuscript, I discovered I was becoming an even better writer. This excited me! One of the first things I remember wanting to do was to contact my High School English teachers (Linda McKibben Witt, Sharon Teegarden and Cary Carl) and tell them what I was doing… but later decided I’d just surprise them when the book was published!
When my fingers finally remembered how to be efficient on the keyboard (thank you to my High School Business Teacher, Mrs. Carol Klaber), the story started to take shape. I knew a good story was brewing, so I continued to type and type. Every chapter simply ended itself.
I NEVER ONCE experienced what I feared the most… WRITER’S BLOCK!
WHEN IT WAS ALL FINISHED
I remember typing my last few words on December 15, 2015. It was a very proud moment. My only regret is that the most important person in my life would not get to read it. My amazing mother, Louise Meyer Holleran, has passed away five months earlier. She never knew how important she was to this project. My main character was the same age as her. I had listened to her tell stories about being in high school during World War II, and trying to imagine how that would have felt.
I learned so much about that special time of American history through her. That generation is truly and inspiration, especially during these trying times, and I know that we can work together as a country and learn so much from past experiences.