Friday, June 24, 2011

Photo Friday: The Question That's Easy to Answer

One of the questions I was asked during my meetings at Sourcebooks was this, "What do you hope will be the result of your book?" It was easy to answer because I've thought of that a lot. My story is about a father-daughter relationship. It's about finding truth. It's loaded with information about WWII and includes the intrigue of naval intelligence and top-secret code breaking. That's the story. But there are lots of stories out there. What do I hope to accomplish with the telling of THIS one?

That's easy.

I want to start a story-telling revolution. Does that sound over-the-top? Too ambitious? I hope so. Our WWII veterans are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 every single day! And when they are gone, so are their stories. Each one has a story worth telling and a story worth listening to. Many are just waiting for someone to take the time to not only ask, but to listen. WWII veterans are just a microcosm of the rest of the population. Veteran or not, elderly or not, we all know someone who has a story.

We're busy. But are we too busy to learn the lessons life has put right in front of us? I don't think so. It's time to stop and listen. I hope my book will inspire people everywhere to hop off the merry-go-round for just one hour to listen to someone's story. And better yet - to write it down. If not now, when? If not you, who?


Linda said...

I agree, Karen!

Are you acquainted with Melissa Marsh's blog about World War II?


Melissa Marsh said...

Hi Karen - Linda sent me to your blog and I'm so glad she did! Your book sounds fascinating and I completely agree with you about writing down our veterans' stories.

Can't wait for your book to come out - congratulations!!!

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

I wasn't, Linda. Thanks for the heads-up!

Melissa - Thank you! I'll go check out your blog! Sounds interesting!