Archive for June 2012

Lived in Texon

June 27, 2012

I write about a family who moves to an oil camp in Texas, Texon.  It is pictured as an idealist camp, one built by a philanthropist from his memory of a Brazilian camp.  It is all true. I had to research the history of the camp, but I knew the real part of it.  I lived there from ages 1 thru 10, and it was a wonderful place in which to live.  I went to the school there, attended the church, went on Easter Egg hunts in the community park, swam in the Olympic size pool, and ate at the cafe.  My parents ran the grocery store in Texon, so I met everyone, even the hermit who lived across the tracks.  According to the research I did, the man who founded the camp had the local sheriff run off the prostitutes, liquor stores, and gambling saloons which usually followed the camps in the 1920’s thru 1940’s.  I didn’t live there until the 1950’s but it was still a family friendly atmosphere.  I just wanted every reader who picked up “A Healing Place”  to know that the “healing place” that the Millers found was true, as was Boogertown, which was the exact opposite.  Thanks for reading!  Joyce

First Post to this Blog!

June 20, 2012

I hope to visit this site frequently and I hope that others will write in!  I am busy writing my next novel, which is the third in the series.  A Healing Place is the first book, Blessed Are the Merciful is the second, and my third that I am now writing will be The Unsurrendered, A Search for Jacob.  A Healing Place will be featured at the AARP National Convention September 20-21 in New Orleans, LA and at the London Book Fair on April, 2013.  A Healing Place is faith based.  It is about a family who never loses faith in God or their love for each other while facing horrendous circumstances.  They live through the Dustbowl on their farm in Oklahoma and find a new home in Texon, Texas in the booming oil fields.  I actually lived in Texon from ages 1-10 and can attest to the wonderful atmosphere there.  Then their son-in-law, Jed, finds himself caught in the Philippines during WWII and walks the infamous Death March.  He survives only to face the horrible cruelty of his Japanese captors as a POW.  It is a picture of the 1930’s and 1940’s in the United States and how much our ancestors really had to endure.  I hope some of you will visit the website, not only to talk about the book, but to perhaps talk about your book or your blog site.  Thanks for listening!