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Series: War Song

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: LampLight MediaWorks

Language: English

ISBN-10: 061592669XISBN-13: 978-0615926698

Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374 Free in Kindle Store

     I love to write! Since graduating from Samford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, my writing career has been diverse to say the least. I have written everything from government grants to online travel articles to Christian dramas. My over 150 articles and short fiction have been published in nine print and online publications. I have also helped raise over $15,000,000 in funding for nonprofit organizations.          

     

     Whether it is newsletters, magazine articles, annual reports, fundraising pieces, or video scripts, I just love the writing process, but my greatest love is creative writing. I won a Creative Writing Award from Samford University for one of my short stories and have had dramatic scripts published in Lifeway's Christian Scripts for Stage, Street, & Sanctuary. Now, I am excited to be working on the third book of The War Song Series    

     

     Outside of writing, I am an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor who loves to travel, hike, and go on many adventures with my wonderful husband and two boys. One of my greatest joys is reading a good book together as a family. Hopefully, my sons will inherit their mother's love for books and history! 

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     Born in Anniston, AL and currently living just outside of Atlanta, Laci Barry Post is a published author, certified fitness instructor, media marketing researcher, grant writer, and mother of two bright, fun-loving boys. With subject matter ranging from exercise to travel to Christian ministries, Laci has published countless magazine articles, short stories, and dramas. She has also helped raise millions of dollars in private and government grants. Her true love, however, has always been history and historical fiction, which led to the publishing of the first two books of The War Song Series.

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LaciBarryPost@gmail.com

Series: War Song

Paperback: 286 pages

Publisher: LampLight MediaWorks; 1 edition (November 3, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0692955933

ISBN-13: 978-0692955932

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches

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2010 - present

2010 - present

(The following article can be used freely in part or in whole. It is avialable as a Word Document in the download section to the right.)

 

Our Endangered History

 

     “The atmosphere was contagiously exhilarating even for women who were losing their lovers. They were a part of world history, right there in their small chair in a small restaurant in a small southern town.” Songbird, Chapter 34

 

     It was a scene that rang true for many in Anniston, AL in the 1940s when World War II and neighboring Fort McClellan brought the world to their doorsteps by hosting young soldiers from all over the nation and German POWs from halfway around the globe. This southern town was faced with the joy and excitement of welcoming these soldiers into their lives and then with the heartache of letting them go when they were called to the front. It was a time that brought great change to the world, and the people and families of this town experienced that change daily.

 

     The stories of this pivotal time in our history are what led Jacksonville, AL native, Laci Barry Post, to write Songbird. This historical fiction novel was inspired by the stories of her grandparents who grew up in the Jacksonville/Anniston area during World War II. “I can remember as a child listening to my grandparents talk about how Anniston was booming and how the soldiers from the fort filled Nobel Street. My great grandfather worked at the fort, my grandfather was in the Navy during World War II and stationed in the Pacific, and my other grandfather was later in the Army. I realized that these amazing stories only exist in the memories of those of who tell them. When they are gone, those memories are gone with them. I want my book to show the reader what life was like in the 1940's, the sacrifices that were made, the joys that were experienced, and the lives that were changed forever.”

 

      While the plot of Songbird is fictional, it is centered on true historic events that took place during the war era and how they affected people living in Anniston and Jacksonville, AL. Highlighting historical elements, such as bomb drills, rationing, women entering the work force, war-related radio broadcasts, the writings of Ernie Pyle, and the unforgettable music of the 1940's, the novel offers an insight into what life was like in the small towns of war-time America. “It’s wonderful to know the big dates and events of World War II, but the true heart of history is how those big dates and events impacted families and individuals, and that’s the story I tell,” Laci shares.

 

      With the publishing of Songbird in December 2013, it would seem that Laci’s goal of capturing, preserving, and retelling the stories of her grandparents and the history of the Anniston/Jacksonville area was complete. However, in the research and writing of the book, she continued to discover one intriguing story after another. Not only stories from her family and town but from all over the country. So what started as a passion for writing and history has developed into a full preservation movement.

 

      Song of Return, book two in The War Song Series, is now available. This book continues the story of small town America in the post-war era. On TheWarSongSeries.com website, not only will you find information about the books, but you can read about the history of the music featured in the series on the “Follow the Music” page. A historic preservation blog called “War Stories” is hosted on the site and features photos, videos, and articles retelling the history of the World War II era. Users are invited to submit their own stories and memories to be incorporated into future blog posts. Links can be found to a “War Song Series” Facebook page. The site's “Preservation” page is full of resources and links to help anyone find out what they can do to preserve the history around them.

 

      “We live in a time like no other when the tools and equipment to record and retell our oral histories are literally at our fingertips. Cell phones and tablets make it so easy for us to record our parents and grandparents telling their stories. Free resources like YouTube and WordPress and Google help us distribute these stories to the world. We’re not just preserving them for the next generation but for all generations to come,” Jason Post, Laci’s husband and a video producer, says.

 

    To find out more about what you can do to Embark, Inspire, and Engage your community in preserving our oral history, visit the preservation page at TheWarSongSeries.com.

Interview Q&A

What is The War Song Series about?

     Songbird, the first book in the series, is an inspirational, historical fiction novel about life on the home front during World War II in Alabama. It’s a story about family, faith, strong women, and the changing south. It takes the reader on a journey to the 1940's, exploring historical elements like women’s aid groups, rationing, bomb drills, Ernie Pyle’s writing, D-day, radio and music, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death. The war is the ultimate adversary, and it has both profound and positive effects upon the Stilwell family.

     Song of Return, the second book in the series, takes place just after World War II. Returning soldiers must cope with the war they survived as they learn to live again in the world they left behind. Broken relationships, new educational opportunities, children born to them while they were away, family expectations, and a changed economy all await them. It is not just the men who must learn a new way of life. The women must almost learn how to incorporate their newfound independence with the roles expected of them. It is a pivotal time in American history and the Stilwell family.

Where does the series take place?

     The War Song Series takes place primarily in Jacksonville and Anniston, AL. Ava Stilwell, the principle character, and her family live in Jacksonville, but Ava’s work and music take readers to other prominent cities in the south, such as Birmingham, Huntsville, and Atlanta. Song of Return transports readers even further away to Detroit, Michigan, where many men sought their fortune in a booming economy after World War II.

What inspired you to write The War Song Series?

     I am from Jacksonville, AL. Growing up, I loved to listen to my grandparents’ stories of what life was like when they were young. My grandmother worked in a department store on Noble Street in Anniston, AL and knew soldiers from Fort McClellan. My great grandfather earned fifty cents an hour at Fort McClellan as a dispatcher and grew vegetables on the fort’s Pelham Range for the officers. One of my grandfathers was in the Navy during World War II and stationed in the Pacific, and the other was in the Army just after the war. All of my grandparents were raised by farmers who had to deal with the economic changes caused by the war. Life was simpler yet more challenging. The whole world was turned upside down during World War II, and we still live with the effects of it today, both good and bad. While many men lost their lives for our freedom, women and African Americans were given more opportunities, and couples who would have never met were brought together. It was an era of both great loss and gain. 

You have said that you hope that The War Song Series will encourage others to preserve their family history. Why is this important?

     It is important to remember where we came from and the people who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. As the World War II generation continues to age, much of the personal, heartfelt history that makes us who we are today is being lost. We need to preserve their stories as best as we can for future generations, and technology has made it simple to do. We have cell phones and tablets for easy recording and free resources like YouTube and WordPress and Google to help us distribute information to the world. My website, TheWarSongSeries.com, has free resources and links to help people begin preserving their family history.  

Will there be a third book in the series?

     Yes! I am researching the early 1950's and Korean War and am well into writing the third and final book of the series. I can't wait to share it with the world!   

Where can readers purchase a copy of Songbird and Song of Return?

     You can purchase a Kindle or paperback copy of Songbird and Song of Return at Amazon.com or any other major online bookstore. Links can be found on TheWarSongSeries.com website and on my Facebook page.

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