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.
To learn more about this fascinating book and how you can get your copy, visit the Rowman & Littlefield homepage.