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Who am I?
As a lifelong journalist, I’m riveted by stories that dissect actual events. Nonfiction is my wheelhouse and I’m fortunate to have a related body of distinguished work. Over the decades, I’ve written for exceptional newspaper and magazine editors who taught me the craft of making reality not only engaging – but also meaningful. Instead of ignoring the not-so-convenient truths – details that might be swept away by a historical fiction writer – I hunt for them. My coverage of inequities, hurricanes, and real estate scams has taught me: show, don’t tell. Any author who can take a mountain of interviews, details, facts and color and transform it into a thought-provoking story, they have my attention.
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Why did Mary love this book?
Who wouldn’t want to read the story of how a hardscrabble bunch of northwestern kids molded themselves into a nationally ranked crew team, beating not only Ivy League competitors but Hitler’s finest?
The real reason this book resonates so much with me may have more to do with an author interview featuring Brown. He certainly had me with the epic athletic journey of a handful of unlikely heroes. But it was the way he layered the story, detailing scenes and otherwise bringing history to life, that really interested me.
In that author interview, he talked about going through old newspapers and archival photos of the era to help him really place readers along those riverbanks of Seattle, Washington. It is a tool I never forgot.