July 23rd, 2014

Interview with Local Author Cathy Gohlke

Saving-AmelieLast summer, we had a Local Author’s Day at the Elkton Central Library and we were lucky enough that Cathy Gohlke was able to share some of her books with us. If you missed your chance last year, she’s back with her newest book, Saving Amelie, which just came out in June.

Cathy has published five historical and inspirational novels. Saving Amelie takes place in Germany in 1939. The book follows the story of Rachel Kramer, the daughter of a well-known eugenics scientist. During her father’s business trip to Germany, she makes a few discoveries of her own and is forced into hiding, even though she is an American citizen.

With The Book Thief just released on DVD and a movie based on Lauren Hillenbrand’s Unbroken coming out later this year, stories about World War II are finding renewed popularity at the library. I’ve added Saving Amelie to my “to-read” list and in light of her upcoming visits to the Cecil County Public Library, I had the opportunity to ask Cathy a few questions.

Your newest book Saving Amelie just came out in June. When did you start working on this project?
In the spring of 2012, after completing Band of Sisters.

Your books are set in different places in the past. Is there a specific time and place that you wish you could live?
I’d love to live (at least temporarily) in England during the early 1900s, before the Great War.  It was the world of my great-grandparents, and of my grandmother as a child—a world she shared through words and mannerisms throughout my young life.  That is the world of Promise Me This.

What books have you been reading this summer? Are there certain authors that you look to for inspiration?
I just returned from a research trip to England with sister author, Carrie Turansky, and from a group tour of Scotland’s Highland Castles and Gardens led by sister author Liz Curtis Higgs, so I’ve immersed myself in books about England, the Lake District, Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth, the poetry of Robert Burns, as well as Liz Curtis Higgs’ books.  In stark contrast I’m reading The Nuremberg Mind—The Psychology of the Nazi Leaders, by Florence R. Miale and Michel Selzer as research for my work in progress.

I’m daily inspired by the writings of Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest, and lately by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, and Corrie Ten Boom’s Each New Day.  I love it when authors, such as these, challenge my thinking and lift it higher.

When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?
When not writing, I spend most of my time caring for my sweet granddaughter while her parents work.  This fall we’ll all be moving into a house together. I couldn’t help but hum “The Walton’s” theme song after visiting the house for the first time!

I love to travel and investigate sites that time forgot—places that whisper story lines through my brain.  I love campfires at night and singing around the piano, spending time with my husband and family and friends, joining in worship services, and reading.  I used to garden a great deal, but these days I’m mostly planting synopses, pruning dialogue and weeding unnecessary verbiage.

Sign up for this opportunity to meet this award-winning local author at 3 library branches. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Chesapeake City — August 4th @ 6:30pm
Elkton – August 7th @ 6:30pm
Rising Sun – August 12th @ 6:30pm


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February 24th, 2014

Mysteries Revealed in Your Old Photos

fatbabiesfamilyAdmit it: deep in the recesses of your crawlspace or attic, you have a dusty ol’ box containing photographs of forgotten people. It’s hard to feel guilty about it. After all, someone gifted you this box from their neglected storage area, and they, too, have no idea who appears in the fading photos or exactly when and where it was taken. Someday you’ll pass it along to someone else with a wink, saying “good luck with this mess” under your breath.

But…that disorganized stack of photos contains the mysteries of your family. Fascinating stories are waiting to be heard! But how do you figure them out?

Well, you’re in luck, because internationally recognized photo detective Maureen Taylor will present her popular lecture “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying and Dating Family Photographs” at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on The View, MSNBC, and numerous other popular media outlets. She’s the author of many books, including Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Precious Family Images and Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.

Maureen Taylor will teach you 10 easy steps to figuring out who’s who in your family photos in her fascinating interactive lecture. Learn how comparing facial characteristics, studying clothing and hairstyles, and other simple tips can help you uncover those mysteries. It’s time to dust off that box!

We’re excited to raffle off THREE, on-the-spot expert consultations from Maureen Taylor at the program, so be sure to bring along one photo from your unidentified collection.

A book signing will immediately follow the program. This event is not to be missed!

Click here to sign up for the program or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.  And tell us — what family photo will you be bringing?


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