Congratulations to the three Goodreads winners: Dorothy T, Harlingen TX; Megan G, Laurel MD; Tyler N, Winter Springs FL. Your books will go into the mail on Monday. Big thanks to everybody who entered--your entry in these giveaways is always a vote of confidence for the author, you know, and deeply appreciated. If you didn't win, stay tuned. I'll be announcing another giveaway in a week or two.
And before you click away, I want to brag about my new book trailer, celebrating the launch of the Lake Union edition of A WILDER ROSE. The trailer was created by my son, Michael Wittig, of Juneau AK. It tells the story of Rose Wilder Lane and her work as a book doctor and rewrite artist on the Little House books that she and her mother published under the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Rose was often reluctant and even resentful of the need to do her mother's work when she'd rather be doing her own. (Wouldn't you feel that way, especially if your mother openly resented the fact that she needed your help?) But their collaboration proved to be a lucrative cottage industry, providing a secure financial future for Rose's aging parents and eight wonderful books for generations of grateful readers.
Reading note. I want to finish work on my mother's juvenile (Farmer Boy manuscript) by the end of June. There's a curious half-angry reluctance in my writing for other people. I say to myself that whatever earnings there may be are all in the family. Also I seize upon this task as an excuse to postpone my own work. Rose Wilder Lane, Diary, May 29, 1933.