A certain instinct drives artists and craftsmen of all types, including writers of nonfiction, author and editor Martha Fitzgerald told Southern Writers Magazine (November/December issue).”Journalists and historians, when faced with reams of facts and stacks of documents, look for the story within. A very human tale with the power to touch the heart.”

In the regular feature In Author Words, Fitzgerald speaks of sensing the deep drama and rich historical context within her parents’ courtship letters.

She also discusses the extensive research process, which involved consulting archives in four states. Sources included physician directories, university registers, hospital annual reports, city directories, alumni records, census records, newspaper and magazine articles.

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