Makes it All Worthwhile
"Lisa, you have given life to a whole period of time and a whole generation of immigrants...thank you!.."
The above quote was part of an e-mail message I received today regarding my two Arcadia books, Slovak Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh's Immigrants. The message was from a woman (I will only use her initials--"M.B.") who purchased both books (her family is featured in a couple of photographs I included in Slovak Pittsburgh) and she just wanted me to know how much she enjoyed and appreciated these two collections of historic photographs.
Messages like these help to give me a boost on those days when I don't feel particularly inspired as a writer, and validate that I am on the right track when I focus my writing on telling the life stories of immigrants and the communities in which they lived.
This message could not have come at a better time as I enter the final stages of finishing my forthcoming Arcadia book, Sports Memories of Western Pennsylvania. Thank you to "M.B." for the encouraging words!