-- Bonnie Latino, co-author of "Your Gift to Me"
From the Author
The novel's saga started when I was a new Mrs. Lieutenant in May 1970 during the Vietnam War and right after the Kent State shootings. The experience introduced me to the world of army wives that I would never have otherwise known.
About 20 years later and after I had started the Los Angeles Chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, I told the story of my military spouse experience to two female movie producers. They were intrigued and optioned the story for a movie.
They eventually told me that Hollywood people did not "get" the movie concept and that I would have to first write a book. By the time I wrote the first draft of the novel the producers had moved on.
For another 20 years or so I wrote and rewrote the novel. (It had to be a novel rather than a nonfiction book to protect the people whose stories I wanted to tell.) I created fictional characters and some fictional events for a more compelling story.
Many agents and publishers over the years turned the novel down. But I felt strongly that there was a place for a novel about this slice of women's social history at the beginning of the women's movement in the United States.
When POD (print on demand) self-publishing became an option, I decided to self-publish MRS. LIEUTENANT. At the same time I entered it in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. When the book was named a semifinalist of this competition, I felt vindicated for my 38-year belief in sharing this story.
At the same time I stumbled into blogging and social media for book marketing. From that point on I dove into learning as much as possible about this brave new online world, and I co-founded an online marketing company with my younger daughter Yael K. Miller.
Now ebooks have opened up the self-publishing world even more -- and I'm engaged in publishing more fiction and nonfiction books via Kindle Direct Publishing.