‘Letters From Home’ is a 90,000-word WWII love story with a twist, aptly summarized as ‘The Notebook’ meets ‘Saving Private Ryan.’
‘Letters From Home’ is a story inspired by my grandparents’ epistolary courtship.
Before the day my grandmother shared her treasured letters with me, I honestly wasn’t much of a fiction reader, let alone creative writer.
From 2001-2008, I was the host and a writer for the WB’s weekly television program ‘Weddings Portland Style.’
My childhood memories of my grandparents are of a wonderful, complementary couple. While my grandfather had a spirited, humorous personality, my grandmother is gentle and poised.
On occasion, I like to reread my grandfather’s letters. While leafing through them, I’m saddened by what is being lost in modern communication. Soul-baring sentimentality isn’t typically poured into text messages, tweets and emails. All too often, personal connections are brushed aside for the sake of convenience in a fast-paced world.
Only thanks to blissful ignorance, and the inspiration of my grandparents’ story, did I actually believe tackling a novel would be an easy task. I’ve since learned otherwise.
People often refer to bygone days as a simpler time. Perhaps, more accurately, my grandparents’ generation focused better on what mattered. Traffic jams and minor quibbles with my husband Daniel pale in comparison with the worries that were faced on the home front and battlefield during the Second World War.
Several years ago, I was creating a Christmas present for the family, a self-published cookbook featuring recipes my grandmother had collected and created over decades. While interviewing her for the biographical section, she began to talk about her courtship with my late grandfather.