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Story Matters Newsletter
Welcome: Whether you’ve been with me since the beginning or just signed up for my newsletter – welcome! Happy New Year! I ended 2013 and began 2014 in pretty much the same way – with the flu. It can only get better from here, right? I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start. May it be the best year yet!
Current Book: Writing and publishing my first book, Breaking the Code: a Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything (Sourcebooks, 2011), has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. What an amazing journey and a huge learning curve! When writers become authors, they quickly learn that there’s more to it than writing. There’s marketing, speaking, promoting, social media, teaching, travel, managing a website, and blogging – to name a few. It can be daunting at times. But what I love about it is that I get to meet people, hear their stories, and spread the message that’s so important to me; everyone has a story!
What Those Three Words Mean: If I’ve signed a book for you, I probably wrote, “Your Story Matters!” in it. There’s a reason for that. When our book first came out, a WWII Veteran came up to the signing table and said he had a story too, but that nobody would want to hear it. He then said the words I never forgot, “My story doesn’t matter.” It broke my heart. So, when I sign my books, those three words I write are a reminder that yes, your story does matter.
Valentine’s Day: It isn’t just for teenagers and newlyweds. In my family, we’ve always given a small gift or card to each other; little box of candy or a stuffed animal; kids, parents, sisters etc. It’s a good time to share a book too. Breaking the Code is in its second printing and is a nice gift for anyone who enjoys family stories, memoirs, or mysteries. I often get letters from people who thank us for sharing a story that helped them understand Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – including veterans themselves. Breaking the Code is available online at places like Amazon. And while you’re there, please leave a review. It’s also available at independent and chain stores. If you’d like a double-signed and personalized copy, call my local bookstore, Book and Game at 509-529-9963. There’s still time to get it to you before Valentine’s Day.
Sneak Peek at Next Book: Many of you have asked about my current WIP – that’s Work-in-Progress in writer-ese. While I haven’t kept it a secret by any means, I wanted to have a good portion completed before I shared in a public way. And that’s where I am now.
The subject of this narrative nonfiction book is Michael G. Reagan, a talented portrait artist from the Seattle area. He is also a Vietnam Veteran who has found healing in the most unexpected way. But even healing comes at a cost. While enjoying a successful career as the official artist for the University of Washington, and a thriving private art studio, Michael was asked to draw the portrait of a Fallen Hero. The results of that portrait set his feet on a different path – one that would bring not only the fallen hero home, but that would bring Michael home as well. Soon, he gave up everything – fame, fortune, and prestige, to dedicate the rest of his life to bringing his military brothers and sisters home to their families – one portrait at a time.
Michael is a humble man who doesn’t want any of the spotlight; his focus instead, is on the fallen and their families. The book, tentatively titled, Drawing Me Home, will tell the story behind his foundation, The Fallen Heroes Project, as well as the amazing stories of hope that have resulted from his portraits. Last week, Michael Reagan and his Fallen Heroes Project were featured on ABC News’ “Standing Up for Heroes” series. You can watch it by clicking here; Standing Up for Heroes: Michael Reagan .
If you know a Fallen Hero in your own community, please follow the link below to request a portrait. Michael does not charge families for these beautiful creations. Donations can be made through his non-profit, tax deductible, 501(c)3 foundation. http://www.fallenheroesproject.org/ .
Drawing Me Home is a multifaceted project. Readers of my newsletter are always the first to know any book news. Thank you for subscribing. We’re in this together – I appreciate your support.