Weekly I talk to a member of ALLi to discuss their writing and what influences them, and why they are inspiring to other authors.
My guest this week is Nancy Cramer, an 89-year-old author who made history by composing the history of a WWI Serbian retreat that had not been well-documented. In Nancys long life, she has actually seen her share of disaster, which made her specifically attuned to this story of bravery and sacrifice amidst war. And her efforts have actually paid off through international acknowledgment.
A number of highlights from our interview:
On Discovering WWI Subject
I came up with this story about how 20,000 young boys, ages 12 to 16, were taken by the army on this retreat. And so, I thought, Ive got to discover out more about it, and undoubtedly, this is one of the least well-known stories of the war.
Guidance for Other Older Writers
If its something that you actually think in, simply keep at it. Dont let your age dissuade you. There are individuals out there that have an interest in the human story and the story of humanity, whichs what I write, stories about individuals.
Listen to my Interview with Nancy Cramer
If its something that you really believe in, just keep at it. There are people out there that are interested in the human story and the story of mankind, and thats what I compose, stories about individuals
And had a really traumatic time there. Neither one people had actually ever become aware of PTSD, but I think that definitely was his issue.
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Howard Lovy: Im Howard Lovy and youre listening to Inspirational Indie Authors.
And then I received a letter from our ambassador to Belgrade, in which she matched me upon the book. And then they had a current event in Washington about the hundred-year anniversary occasion.
Nancy Cramer: And I retired to start volunteering at our terrific World War One museum here in Kansas City, which triggered my interest in World War One, because I knew nothing about it, and I recognized that the majority of people that came there didnt know absolutely nothing either. So, thats when I decided to compose books.
Nancys suggestions for older authors? Keep discussing your passions.
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Read the Transcript of my Interview with Nancy Cramer.
My book has not gone undetected. The Bishop of the Serbian/American churches, in Eastern America, was at my New York discussion. And he provided me whats called a Hierarchical Grammaton Award and bought 120 of my books.
Howard Lovy: In her research study, Nancy discovered a story of a World War One Serbian retreat from the Germans. For personal reasons, as the mom who had lost a kid, this story really resonated with her.
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Nancy Cramer: Yes, find out about your company to begin with. Dont go through the rascals, and I understand you dont wish to utilize that word, however a few of the representatives and online marketers that are out there, are not always in your benefits.
Instead, at the time of the Korean war, I was engaged and we got married rather of my engaging on the writing career because he was sent to Korea and we thought, Oh, well, you understand, cant miss this chance.
Im not popular by any methods, however I have actually been discovered, lets put it that method.
So, I would suggest they discover your group and work with them. I want I had understood about it previously.
Nancy Cramer: People who attended my New York presentation, afterwards left in tears, because they were so happy by the respect and affection that I have for their country.
Howard Lovy: At the age of 80, Nancy may have retired from her organization, but certainly did not relax in her rocking chair and let life pass her by.
Nancy Cramer: I was born in Ohio, however I grew up in Texas, and concerning today political circumstance, Im delighted to say that I am from Texas. Now, I went to the University of Missouri, School of Journalism and finished in 1952, intending to be a world correspondent.
Ive had a range of experiences and tasks due to the fact that range is the spice of life. Ive been lucky, in my earlier years, to make 60 journeys abroad. I checked out 70 countries and the one that probably amazed me the most was Serbia, and that was a surprise since I was absolutely unprepared for that.
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And she still has a lot more to compose before shell ever consider calling it gives up.
Howard Lovy: Nancy ended up being a teacher, instructing sixth grade students, a job she loved for 18 years. She likewise ended up being extremely active in the regional and state nationwide education association, The Teachers Union. In 1994, disaster struck again for Nancy.
Howard Lovy: Nancy took control of the company from her husband. She also used writing, and still does, to handle the grief of losing both her boy and her partner.
Nancy Cramer: Well, my name is Nancy Cramer, however I call myself the Grandma Moses of composing due to the fact that I didnt start my serious writing until age 80. I am now 89, and still composing.
Howard Lovy has been a reporter for more than 30 years, and has actually spent the last 8 years enhancing the voices of independent publishers and authors. He works with authors as a book editor to prepare their work to be published.
Six years later, I remarried a male who owned a little fire suppression business, thats fire extinguishers and dining establishment systems. Not understanding that the effect that would have on my life, but he was a really excellent male.
Howard Lovy: But prior to we scamper to Serbia with Nancy, lets get captured up on Nancys life.
Howard Lovy: So, at the age of 89, Nancy has written a book that shines a light on a formerly undocumented minute in history, and its making a difference in todays world.
I kept the fire extinguisher company for 17 years. There was only one other female in Missouri that owned that kind of organization, but I loved it, and I kept it until I was practically 80, and I received a cash offer to buy business. So, I believed, well, its probably a great concept, and I retired.
My visitor this week is Nancy Cramer, an 89-year old author who made history by writing the history of a World War One Serbian retreat that had not yet been well documented.
In Nancys long life she has seen her share of catastrophe, which made her particularly attuned to this story of bravery and sacrifice amidst war, and her efforts have actually settled through worldwide acknowledgment.
You know, they had a bad leader. Milošević was a really bad leader, and the Serbian people are not like that. Theyre generous and really kind. Now likewise, theyve been defending 500 years to get their kingdom back, and they think they have a kingdom, not a nation, however a kingdom, but they are attempting to live down that track record. And I presume that my book has actually helped. Ive been utilized as a marker to show that Serbia isnt all the way it remained in that war.
My visitor this week is Nancy Cramer, an 89-year-old author who made history by composing the history of a WWI Serbian retreat that had actually not been well-documented. In Nancys long life, she has actually seen her share of catastrophe, which made her especially attuned to this story of bravery and sacrifice in the middle of war. On Inspirational Indie Authors, @howard_lovy interviews Nancy Cramer, an 89-year-old author who made history by composing the history of a #WWI #Serbian retreat that had not been well-documented. Howard Lovy: Nancy became an instructor, advising sixth grade students, a job she liked for 18 years. In 1994, disaster struck again for Nancy.
The very first year after we were wed, we had a disaster. My third child, who was 17, a young boy, was killed in a car train collision, which altered the instructions of my life.
About the Host.
Nancy Cramer: Yes, it was very challenging, a completely different type of sorrow than losing my son.
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I, by the method, Im finishing a narrative about how I lived through the sorrow of my boy. Its based upon letters that I composed to him and it ought to be completed in another week or two.
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Nancy Cramer: I came up with this story about how 20,000 young boys, ages 12 to 16, were taken by the army on this retreat. They were going to pull away, rather than give up to the Germans, and they took the young boys so they wouldnt be sent to labor camps in Germany.
And, just a few months back, the Serbian government asked approval to translate my book into Serbian, which I offered, obviously, and they sent me an e-mail copy of it in Cyrillic alphabet. I cant read a word, and they have actually released 300 copies, which they are giving away to their individuals.
Howard Lovy: Nancy also hopes that her book will help enhance the image of the Serbian people, which was spoiled during the bloody Bosnian War in the 1990s.
Half of the army passed away throughout the retreat since it was so difficult. They say, they made this perilous journey and returned to combat for their freedom and duration, and they completely disregard.
Howard Lovy: So, Nancy took a trip to Serbia, to New York, to Chicago, relentlessly interviewing people to get the story for her book.
Nancy Cramer: I knew, from direct experience, the heartache that a member of the family can go through with death, and with battle, and this sort of thing. So, a great deal of the stories in my book are actual interviews with descendants of survivors.
He came back and we raised 4 kids and moved, he got a position as a civil engineer, structure water plants and sewer system. So, we moved 26 times in 16 years, and I stated, enough suffices, and we settled in Kansas city where the home workplace was and eventually, we separated.
Nancy Cramer: In 1994, after 20 years of marital relationship, he was identified with severe dementia therefore he took his life, due to the fact that he didnt wish to be a problem to me. So, I chose that I would leave the education field and discover how to fill fire extinguishers.
And this, as a mother of four kids, it simply broke my heart. And so, I believed, Ive got to learn more about it, and certainly, this is among the least popular stories of the war. But this retreat, the situations have only been carried out two times before in history. Once remained in 400 BC, and another time was with Napoleon.