Whenever I’m a guest author at a book club where members have read Adventurers Against Their Will, I’m filled with joy and writer-satisfaction.
This week has been particularly special as I found myself among like-minded women who value world history, protecting human rights, American democracy, and our core values. They get the importance of freedom of the press. They understand how today welcoming immigrants who are in great danger is as important as it was in the day that America welcomed my endangered refugee-Czech dad. And the thought among us of someone or something causing war, has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.
Thank you to hostess Holly Phelps and her book club friend Shastidy Ellerbusch who helped instigate the meeting. And great appreciation to Holly and her mom Jackie McLean for providing a follow-up reference from this particular day:
“Thank you for attending our book club and sharing the inspiration for writing your award winning book “Adventurers Against Their Will.” You are both an accomplished writer as well as an engaging speaker. The WWII experiences of your family and their friends provide an amazing and engrossing story for readers. Your presentation emphasizes the importance of staying vigilant about whom we elect into office. Our freedom is a great gift that all Americans should do everything in our power to protect. Thank you again, and we look forward to reading your next book.”
—Holly Phelps and Jackie McLean