I know Green Bay is a small city, but it’s nevertheless amazing how many people I encounter who either played a direct role in the Margaret Anderson case I cover in my upcoming book, Torture at the Back Forty, or know someone who was.
From the restaurant owner who mentioned that his father was dating Margaret, to the golf acquaintance whose brother was the first police officer on the scene, to the retired fireman I played golf with last weekend who was on the rescue squad that fateful night, seemingly everyone I meet is connected in one way or the other to that case.
It makes me wonder if I’m getting a little extra help from beyond in telling Margaret’s story. In conducting more than forty interviews in researching this book, several people were referred to me from other interview subjects. The cooperation in pulling this story together was a pleasant surprise.
Some of my friends and family have told me they would never have the patience to put in this amount time and effort on a project. I think it’s more an issue of persistence than patience. If it was easy to do, everyone would do it.
The journey definitely is part of the reward, because there’s no guarantee that all this effort will result in any kind of financial payback. All you can do as an author is create what you think is a fascinating story. The rest is up to the universe, and hopefully it will continue to provide abundance with this project.
The book is being formatted right now, with the release date scheduled for August 7. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!