I’m going to say something odd, but here it goes: “Let’s hear it for the local history writers!” Most of them explore and write their local history books with little more than a smattering of applause at local talks they give. However, they strive forward and do it for pure love!
As a writer of two history books, I know how important it is to explore the issues of where we’ve been and where we’ve come from. I wanted to go a bit deeper in this industry so I talked with the amazing History Press editor Whitney Tarella-Lambert (a kind and patient woman I worked with on The Goffle Road Murders of Passaic County). She took the time to talk with us about writing and how the history publishing industry is held together by, well, love – a love of history and a love of community. Continue reading