Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

FROM FICTION TO NON-FICTION AND BACK AGAIN
Monday, June 29, 2020 by GAIL KITTLESON

PLEASE WELCOME

GAIL KITTLESON

TO

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

There’s plenty to grumble about these days. But as I get older, I’ve seen how that’s always an alternative. The old saying “You either get bitter or you get better” shows in the nursing-home faces I’ve witnessed.

Right now, my husband’s 86 year-old aunt is recovering from a fall and subsequent surgery. Her consistently cheerful attitude stands as a role model, and at times, puts me to shame. It’s tough to have body parts betray you—you’ve relied on them for so long, why should they fall apart now?

But she long ago adopted gratitude as a life philosophy and joy as her modus operandi.

During the past year, I’ve seen the release of Until Then, the first WWII novel I’ve written with the plot taken from the life of a real live evacuation hospital nurse. That was a “novel undertaking for me—and so was integrating another true story from the era that took place in an entirely different setting.

Looking back, that project was a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun. Those two so often go together…and at the release of that novel in the home territory of the nurse who inspired it, I met one of my “fans,” who went out of her way to attend the party. We began corresponding, and this winter wrote a non-fiction WWII book called The Food That Held The World Together, about to be released in July.

That proved such a delight, we penned another one about the way holidays were celebrated during World War II. It’s called A World War II Holiday Scrapbook and will be a companion release to the FOOD book.

Last year at this time as I drove six hours for the Until Then release, I had no idea that author Cleo Lampos would be there. Certainly, I had no thoughts of collaborating to produce more about this incredible time in history. And in non-fiction—that was quite a switch, but writing is writing, right?

What’s next? I’m working on a novel set in the Texas Hill Country. My research is unearthing a travesty that occurred during the war that I’d never before heard mentioned.

Wow…one thing leads to another. With so much to research, I may never get a chance to rest and all this while struggling with a recalcitrant hip!

 

WHERE TO FIND GAIL


http://www.gailkittleson.com/
www.facebook.com/GailKittlesonAuthor

http://amazon.com/author/gailkittleson

www.twitter.com/GailGkittleson @GailGkittleson

@gailkittlesonauthor (Instagram)

 

ABOUT GAIL KITTLESON

Dare To Bloom became Gail’s website’s name for a reason. A late bloomer, she’s so grateful to be blooming! Her background in Teaching English as a Second Language, college expository writing, and other courses colors her fiction, as does her rural upbringing. Honoring the heroines and heroes of the Greatest Generation motivates her while editing and facilitating writing workshops is the frosting on her proverbial cake, although she’s become gluten and sugar-free. 

 

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