As I focus on launching my first book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, One Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, I have begun writing my next book which is historical fiction.
It’s a story based on my Grandmother, Christina Mary Mages Crutcher’s life in Ottawa Kansas, the breadbasket state, during the 1920’s. She died in 2014 at 102 years old and I had been recording her life, listening to her wonderful stories of her childhood. My great grandparents, Teresa and Antone Mages were immigrants from Austria and settled in the midwest. Christina was one of thirteen children, seven girls and six boys. The first book will be about her young years at home with her family until she meets and marries my grandfather, Clyde Henry Crutcher, when she was 17.
The working title is, Forever Young: No Place to Hide with Twelve Brothers and Sisters.
The sequel will begin with the birth of my father, James Keith Crutcher, in 1929 and the nomadic life Christina, Clyde and Jimmy lead during the Depression. My father attended 24 different schools in 12 years, sometimes returning to a school the same year. My grandfather was a truck driver.