I discovered my passion for writing when I was in the 3rd grade. Writing is in our family, but I didn't know that at the time. I just enjoyed making up stories.
My dad graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English (and a minor in Journalism) and attended the U of I Writer's Workshop. I loved typing on his manual typewriter, and sometimes he would let me use it to "write" stories. I didn't think they were very good, but he kept encouraging me to keep writing.
I wrote articles for my high school's newspaper and planned on going to college after I graduated, but I got married instead. I decided to go to college after my kids grew up and graduated with a degree in Journalism. My dad died before I graduated, but I know he would be pleased.
A few years after my dad passed away, I found a box of computer paper in my mom's storage room. As I thumbed through the pages, I realized it was my dad's life story. He started working on it in 1994, while he was recuperating from knee surgery.
My mom told me that my dad had plans to publish it, but when he gave his manuscript to his brothers, they told him to put it in chronological order; it was too hard to understand the way it was. It must have discouraged him, because he put it away, and never picked it up again.
I don't remember reading anything my dad wrote before that day, which is pretty strange, considering that's what he went to college for. But as I read his stories, I found myself mesmerized by his words. Each memory was written in such detail that I felt like I was living that moment right alongside him.
I thought I knew my dad, but he was just "Dad" to me. He would tell us stories about his childhood, but not in such detail. I really thought I knew him - until I read his stories, that is. Through his stories, I got to know him as a man; someone who had hopes and dreams, but who was human, and made mistakes like everyone else.
After reading a few of his stories, I decided they needed to be shared with the rest of my family. I had already published three books of my own books using Create Space (Kindle Direct Publishing's predecessor) so, I decided to publish my dad's stories.
Not only does my dad's book, "Legacy: An Autobiography," help our family understand what life experiences my dad had (that we may not have known about), but it is a great source of our family's history, too.
I saw how much joy the books brought to my family, and I wanted to extend that service to others. And now I can, with Turn the Page Publishing.