Q: I’m not familiar with Danbury. Will I still be able to relate to this book?
A: Absolutely. It is a combination of a nostalgic look at Danbury but with a time travel element, and the important aspect of learning about the biblical fruit of the Spirit, a very useful and wise excerpt that holds its meaning now just as it did 2,000 years ago. If you are not familiar with the streets and venues in Danbury, you can follow along by using Google Maps inputting street names and “Danbury CT” or just “Danbury CT” and browse. Of course, you’re looking at modern Danbury but there are references to both vintage and modern day Danbury so it will definitely help you visualize the scenes. Yes, the book was written largely with a Danbury audience in mind.
Q: How much of the details about Danbury and the story lines are fact versus fiction?
A: This book is a combination of factual places and names, fictional ones from my imagination, plus personal commentary from my youth and later experiences as they relate to the story line. Knowledgeable readers and Danburians may question the use of “Magic Dairy” thinking it may be Marcus Dairy but it is not. The name Main Street Bake Shop is used instead of the actual New York Bake Shop on purpose since I took liberties with the store ownership. Most of the author’s commentary is factual but some is the result of wishful thinking or pure fantasy, like moving back to Danbury. If I have done a good job, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Q: What prompted you to write this story?
A: I don’t know for sure. It was placed on my heart in August 2017 to write a story having to do with faith and somehow this became a story about a fictional milkman from my hometown in the late 1950’s who is given the gift to travel through time to learn about the fruit of the Spirit. I actually started out trying to create such stories in support of the Beatitudes but just got totally lost in that effort until speaking with my son’s father-in-law, a pastor, and the idea to switch to the fruit of the Spirit came to me. Similarly, I was once again stuck in early October 2019 on how to finish the book but again, speaking with someone helped prompt the ending, just as it did when I was adrift writing the World War II spy novel.
Q: How long did it take to write this book?
A: Just over two years with several long stops and restarts. The final third came in a rush in October 2019 when I finally realized how I wanted the story to end, and wrote the ending, back filling a few remaining Fruit of the Spirit stories. In contrast, my Coast Guard book took four or five months and Artifact the spy novel took just two or three. It was as if I was reading it while writing it.
Q: What if I find factual errors? Should I tell you?
A: You can post a comment but remember, what may seem like a ridiculous error may simply be my fictional version of a place, person or event. I did what I thought was due diligence in editing and rewriting, but stuff happens. It will not be clear (on purpose) when I am switching from fact to fiction to all-out fantasy. Now if I’m referring to an actual event like the burning of Danbury in 1777 and I’ve totally misrepresented something, or as an English teacher you find me misusing punctuation or making a grammatical error, there’s a decent chance I goofed up. It is understood I am a mere human and in that case, let me know what you found.