When I wrote Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation, I was writing about a time period I had never experienced. In order to accurately bring my readers the Crosley brothers, I also had to bring them the Depression, The Great War and The Roaring Twenties.
This took a lot of research. I spent hours sorting through other people’s memories in books and articles to better document my own family history. The more I learned about my grandfather and great uncle, the more my readers would learn about the Crosley brothers through my writing.
After writing Crosley, another bout of curiosity led me to research the unexplained Coral Castle. Questions led to more questions, but the mystery surrounding Edward Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge inspired my book: Coral Castle
Even the fictional events in Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America are based around a present day patriotic society that operates in secrecy.
Real life can be strange, exciting and just as entertaining as fiction. The stories are already out there. It’s up to you to find them.
I just want to thank all of the people who continue to read Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation.
To be honest, when I wrote it, I had no idea that it would take off the way that it has. But it’s been almost eight years since it was initially released, and people are still reading it and leaving reviews.
The Crosley brothers in the book are my great uncle and my grandfather. I originally wrote Crosley as a tribute to my family, of whom I’m exceptionally proud. I’ll be forever grateful to all of the folks who decided that they actually wanted to read about my family and learn from them.
The book has been a New York Times bestseller, and of course, it’s led me down a road to write more books. The Crosley brothers became fictional characters in my thriller, Cincinnatus, for which I also researched Coral Castle, and later wrote a book about that! It’s been quite a ride, and it seems that the ride isn’t over yet.
All of this is to say that Crosley has become so much more than I ever imagined. All of the people who have read the book, and all of the book I’ve had the privilege of speaking to–I appreciate every one of you.