Greetings, from my desk to yours...
My latest book, published by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, is Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County, the second in a series of novels about a book club comprised of misfits and dreamers in small-town Florida in the early 1960s.
I began my career in the newspaper business. In 1991, because of my love of history and older people, I pursued an interview with a pair of then-unknown and reclusive centenarian sisters, Sadie and Bessie Delany, who were the daughters of a man born into slavery in the American South. My story on the delightful pair of sisters was published by The New York Times, and among those who read it was a book publisher who asked if I would be interested in expanding my story into a book. The Delany Sisters and I worked together for almost two years to create the book, an oral history we called Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. The book was a runaway bestseller. It was adapted to the Broadway stage and for an award-winning film.
My other nonfiction books include the story of a pair of married Holocaust survivors who masqueraded as Christians and worked for the Underground during World War Two, and a rare oral history of a female Native American Elder whose name is 'Strong Medicine.'