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But could they both be wrong? When Leon answers an ad to be a night watchman at the Band Box Cleaners, their lives-and the neighborhood of Clark Street-are turned upside down. The Accidental King of Clark Street, set in the 1960s, proves that love can bloom the second time around. Or is it really the first time?
Number of Pages: 224
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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Located in: Shell Lake, Wis. 54871
Submitted: December 09, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. Even though I live in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, I grew up in Chicago. It's an odd juxtaposition to be once a city dweller and now a country woman. I guess you might say that I had, and have the best of both worlds.
What was your motivation behind this project? I missed the city of Chicago. Or as someone was said, "Eventually all hearts turn home." But the book is not about the average Chicagoan, but about one particular person that falls through the cracks and who's life is drastically changed by simply answering an ad in the Chicago Tribune for a night watchman at the Band Box Cleaners and Laundry on north Clark Street.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Because most of life changes on a dime, and we never know when or how it's going to happen, it's always interesting to see exactly where it will lead us and how we handle it.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was impacted by the depth of love the oddball cast of characters developed for each other. One of my characters was unplanned and she walked into the book, sat down and intended to stay. I packed her off to Florida as soon as I could, much to the joy of the other characters.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I'm an avid reader and have complete collections of Miss Read, Gladys Tabor and Pearl Buck. I like stories with strong locations so I feel like I've been transported some place I've never been before surrounded by people who become like family by the time the book is finished.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I am a full time newspaper features writer and the wide range of people I've interviewed over the years have no doubt influenced my characters. My second book in this Chicago series, Double or Nothing on Foster Ave. will be out soon and it features some of the characters in the first book and also introduces some interesting new ones.