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“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.”

--Stephen King

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Member info for Lynn F. Casella

Lynn F. Casella

http://www.lynncasella.com

MY ONLY SELF PUBLISHING STORY

My father’s ms. about Alaskan landscape painter Sydney Laurence, was found by KAKM TV in Anchorage, AK. To prove ownership by the family and that indeed it was written in my father’s own hand, I ID'd his handwriting.

A 120-painting tour of Laurence’s work toured west coast museums (Anchorage to Palm Springs). I published the ms. with an ad agency I worked with when I did hospital marketing (1986-91) as Director of Fund Development Communications, Hoag Hospital Foundation (Newport Beach, CA), and Market Communications Manager, San Antonio Regional Hospital (Upland, CA). I sold the first half of the printing of 2200 books in one day.

My father (deceased since 1972) was a secretary/apprentice to Laurence (I own three of Laurence’s wife, Jenny’s, birch bark paintings). My father met him in Echo Park, LA, when my father was a civil engineer for the city. Cyrus Peter Francisco helped build the first telephone line to Vegas and wrote an article about collective bargaining in the L. A. City Civil Engineer magazine which prompted his firing.

The Man and the Mountain:Sydney Laurence’s Mt. McKinley by Cyrus Peter Francisco sells for $14.50 www.amazon.com.

I'm querying agents with my first completed ms. THE DON'S WIFE and am two thirds finished with its sequel LADY DON, working with Shamus Award winning author Lynn S. Hightower as my editor.