iUniverse author Carol Salmon introduces us to her book, My Parents’ Values, a story of Middle America that begins over a century ago.
Please tell us a little about your book . . .
My Parents’ Values is an account of a mid-western family taking place in the early 1900’s. As their lives adjusted to changes from horse and buggy transportation to trains, automobiles and planes, their values remained intact. It is a heartwarming story depicting the manner in which they lived their lives, impacting the present generation as well as future generations.
My account begins in 1907, when my mother was born in Illinois. By the time Ethel is in first grade, her mother has died in a sudden accident and her father decides to send her to be raised by her aunt and uncle in North Dakota. Ethel forms a lifelong bond with her cousin, Hazel, who later pens a memoir, Along Paupay Creek, which the author uses to compose her story, along with Ethel’s diaries and letters.
The story follows the courtship and marriage of Ethel and Wilbur, the building of their cabin by Wilbur and his brothers, and the birth of Carol in 1938. While raising her family, Ethel teaches in a one-room school. Everyone shares in the work and responsibilities living on a farm entails, from checking on grazing cattle to feeding hired hands, separating milk, and tending a garden. Carol’s daughter, Sara, is born, and with the birth of Sara’s daughter, Amanda, a fourth generation embarks on learning the values that shape this family.
And what about your literary influences?
A favorite author of mine is Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved the way her books told the generations to come how courageous, faithful and loving here parents were. Had she not written those books, no one would know.
What has inspired you to write?
I have always wanted to do for my parents what Laura Ingalls Wilder did for hers.
What would be one message to send your readers?
We learn from the past, live in the present, and — even though it is unknown — do our best to prepare for the future.
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