Create a Fascinating Book With Journals and Letters

Book editor Nancy Barnes explores how authors can use family journals and letters to bring the past to life in a podcast interview with author Bruce Bothwell.
Aug. 15, 2011 - PRLog -- REDDING, California (August 15, 2011)
Memoirists and family historians often have fascinating journals and letters, but how can they craft them into a narrative that will be engaging for readers? In this Stories To Tell Books podcast, Nancy Barnes, managing editor of Stories To Tell, interviews Bruce Bothwell, an Asbury, Iowa-based author of On The Tramp, about how he did just that.

“Bruce Bothwell knew that his father’s journals were a fascinating record of a unique place and time in American history,” said Barnes. “Ronald Bothwell was a hobo in the 1920’s, and he took excellent notes!” In this audio discussion, Bruce describes how he revised the journals he inherited into a narrative form to make his book interesting and entertaining for readers.

“Bruce is a prolific writer, and recently he has also gathered his lifelong correspondence with his brother Lin into a book series called "Brothers For Life", using the same techniques with his letters," said Barnes. Bothwell shares his evolution as a writer and his experiences with publishing. After a disastrous contract with a subsidy publisher, Bruce has happily discovered that he can be his own publisher, which allows him to control all his rights and sell his books online.

This audio interview will be of interest to authors who are learning about writing and self publishing, especially memoirists and family historians. The audio is available on the Stories To Tell blog at and for download in iTunes at
Bruce Bothwell’s book On The Tramp is available on Amazon at . He can be contacted by email at

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