Book Signing Nov. 3 to Connect Public with Featured WWII Veterans
Indiana author Kayleen Reusser has just completed her third book of veterans’ World War II stories, called We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell
Their Stories. As with the previous two books in the legacies series, area residents will have an opportunity to meet several of the veterans featured in the newly-released book at an upcoming event scheduled to coincide with the Veterans Day holiday.
A book-signing event will take place on Saturday, November 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne. The public is invited to attend.
We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories is a compilation of stories from 34 World War II veterans representing several branches of the military. All of the surviving veterans featured in the book will be invited to attend the book-signing event to sign their respective stories, providing a unique keepsake that can be treasured for generations to come.
Reusser says that up to 20 of the 34 veterans featured in her current book could potentially attend the book signing, but unfortunately the others either live out of state, are too weak to travel, or have passed away since she interviewed them. Reusser notes that with all of the remaining World War II veterans being over 90 years of age, the number of available veterans diminishes each year.
Reusser says that most veterans featured in her books are either Hoosier natives or grew up elsewhere and currently reside in Indiana. Those in her current book come from 10 Indiana counties, but six other states also are represented, including Washington, Iowa, New Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, and California.
All of Reusser’s World War II books will be available for purchase at the book signing as well as through Amazon.com. The books feature war vignettes written by Reusser based on hundreds of interviews with World War II veterans. Also included in the books are photographs taken by veterans during World War II, providing a historical account through the eyes of those who served. “The books give a personal feel to an important time in world history,” said Reusser, adding that “The November 3 book-signing party will be a rare opportunity to meet these historical figures who helped change history.”
Reusser also announces that she is publishing a second edition of her first World War II legacies book, which she has renamed We Fought to Win: American World War II Veterans Share Their Stories. The second edition will have a newly-designed cover to match the cover designs of the second and third books in the series, along with additional photos, but the veterans’ original compelling stories will remain the same. She also is working on other related products such as an audio book version of her first book and eBooks for all three books in the series.
Reusser is married to a retired U.S. Air Force airman and is the mother of an airman. “I wrote the books to show my support for those who have served and currently defend our country,” she said. Since 2015, she has written a bi-weekly column for The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne that includes stories of World War II and Korean War veterans.
Since Reusser began working with veterans to record their stories, she says she has become engrossed in all things relating to World War II. Last summer, she and her husband completed a 10-day World War II tour through Europe that visited many historical sites including Omaha Beach, Paris, and Dachau. She has presented a talk about her experiences with photos to hundreds of people throughout Indiana. In addition, she has accompanied local veterans on the Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana trips to Washington, D.C.
In addition to writing the World War II Legacy books, Reusser has authored 15 nonfiction children’s books for middle-grade students. She has served as a freelance writer for various publications and leads two Christian writing clubs for aspiring and published writers.
Reusser is a client of the Northeast ISBDC, receiving marketing-related assistance. For more information, contact her at email@example.com, or visit her website, www.KayleenReusser.com. To learn more about the services of the Northeast ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org or call 260-481-0500.