What fun! Dr. Dale Garland joined me on Page Readers to discuss his novel "Letters From Sweetwater."
OK, he didn't want me calling him "Doctor," so I didn't - although I must confess: If I had that much education and degree even my kids would call me "Doctor!"
As a semi retired Optometrist in Western North Carolina, Dale describes his work week as a 5 day weekend. After trying full retirement for a short time, he realized it wasn't for him. Even with several grand-kids and now even a great-grand daughter, he knew he still had the time and energy to see patients.
He also knew that he had a story in him that he needed to tell. But his novel wasn't something that just happened over night. Taking over a decade to create, "Letters from Sweetwater" is the tale of a family with secrets to hide and then come to terms with regardless of how the family will be forever changed. And it's no short story either - the novel is 438 pages long!
I really enjoyed talking with Dale. His charming southern accent and tone gave me the mental picture of a man who had reached an enviable place in his life. During our interview I pictured him sitting in a big high backed chair behind his desk, reclining back to contemplate each question and his answers.
While I haven't been able to read the novel just yet - I've got quite a stack still lined up before I can get to it - I am definitely looking forward to the read. If the story turns out to be even half as entertaining as my conversation with Dale, I am sure to enjoy it.
Visit Dale online at his official website.