Imagine my joy to take up a conversation with Diane Hassen of the Danbury Museum, just as if we had spoken last week. But we did.
Imagine my shock when Diane said that a new book had appeared on the Hamilton family and that it disagreed with my interpretation of the Hamilton genealogy in the book!
How wonderful that she contacted the book's author for me, so we shall see what we shall see.... He responded that he would respond....
(But I'm pretty sure I'm right....)
So 1777 has been through many more hands since we spoke last.
o my utter shock, March 2016 found that my dear friend and editor Linda Wirkner had died. Then what to do....
Different people have helped me with the book, Ann Westrick, Edie Hemingway, but one must never use the same pair of eyes twice, they say.
A filmscript editor I engaged asked if we could send young Joe Hamilton on a journey.
Not so much, since the book is about Danbury.
Then he wanted to know if we could blow something up.
Alas, the book is about burning! (And there was a little powder shortage issue....)
I gave up. Guess they'll make the movie when they make it.
Then 1777 journeyed to Thalia Newland and had a good romp with her. Thalia is great, but in Australia. I needed an American editor.
So best choice was everybody's favorite, Ramona deFelice Long, who had met my book before in a Pennwriter's Area 7 seminar. Definitely got good value from her!!
But still, something was missing! Or someone. Stay tuned!