I’ve reached a very big milestone mark today and I want to share it with you.
Seven years ago, I wanted to learn the truth about some family stories I grew up hearing. I started by testing some DNA samples from my parents. I also sent my own sample with theirs to see if I could identify any markers for possible health issues.
The report came back telling me that the man who raised me was not my biological father. As shocking as that was, it was only the beginning of an incredible journey that would take several years to unravel and eventually reveal my family’s real story; a story that was almost too shocking to believe. What I learned took our family story up another 10 levels of unbelievability to the “Lier, Lier, Pants on Fire” level. But trust me, every bit of this story is true.
Over the next few years, I gathered and tested more than 20 separate DNA samples of family members. What I learned completely reinvented the makeup of my family of nine children. I literally opened up the family history version of Pandora’s Box and now, it can never be closed.
I am now sharing this experience with others who have discovered their own surprises after having their DNA tested. Hopefully, by sharing our experiences, we can help each other deal with events we had no hand in creating, but may have a profound effect upon our lives and he lives of our future generations.
With the help of my great literary agent Veronica Park, I found a publishing company who made it possible for thousands to read about what DNA testing has the potential of exposing. It is now being produced in book format, as an e-book and in audio book format. It’s titled A Broken Tree: How DNA Exposed a Family’s Secrets. Hold on to your seats because this is a story that is like nothing you have ever read before. If you are interested in ordering a copy and knocking 30% off the retail price, take a look at the information below.
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It’s official. I can now consider myself a published author, with a literary agent (Veronica Park of Fuse Literary), a reputable publishing company (Rowman & Littlefield) and a book that will actually appear in bookstores, on Amazon.com and any number of other shops and online outlets. The title is A Broken Tree: How DNA Exposed a Family’s Secrets. The official date for going live is October 8, 2019. It will appear as a hardcopy book, as well as in e-book and audio book format.
It’s the dream of tens of thousands of aspiring writers to have their manuscript accepted by a respected publishing company. I am incredibly excited to be able to start my publishing experience with this book. But I’m also nervous. Why am I so nervous about getting this book published? Because I chose to write about my own family and expose some very deep secrets that have been buried for more than 7 decades.
This book is a story of how the old family stories of my childhood were unearthed and reevaluated using DNA testing to discover the truth, exposing the real stories of our family’s past. What I originally thought was going to be a simple “look and see” experience eventually unraveled an incredible web of deceit and infidelity, resulting in a family of 9 children having to reach out to discover their true identities. It's about coming to terms with the events that stole their former identities away from them. This book is a real life detective story at its finest. It takes family history, genealogy and DNA research to a whole new level.
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