My name is Diane Metzger and I’ve always loved to write but could never get myself to settle down and tackle writing a book. About 15 years ago I started doing geneology on my father’s side of the family, which had the surname ‘Smith’. I ended up finding way more information than I had intended. What caught my interest the most was the fact that my great-grandfather fought in the Civil War for the NY 157th Infantry. During the war, his daughter had married and moved to a small village in Michigan. Once he was discharged, he went back to N.Y. and Vermont to visit family and then moved to a small village in Michigan called Clarendon.
After he married, he moved to another tiny village a few miles away and that is the village that I’ve focused my story on. The first book of my series starts out the last month of the Civil War and you will get to know many of the soldiers who are coming back to Willow Bend.
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