Secrets of an Old Typewriter, Susie Duncan Sexton, Non-Fiction, Open Books
When Hoosier writer Susie Duncan Sexton inherited an old IBM computer from her late, beloved sister Sarah, she had no idea just a few years later she would be a published author.
"It's true that playing with email and writing letters to the editor [primarily referencing the primary and presidential election of 2008] helped me re-discover my voice. My mother loved to write throughout my childhood and beyond, and we always had books and magazines and great conversation in our home. I passed that on to my son, but it had been awhile since I had put pen to paper or, in this case, fingers to keyboard."
Flash forward a few years later to September 2011. Open Books published Sexton's first book, a collection of memoir-style essays, Secrets of an Old Typewriter. From the Open Books' website: "This book may be about small town life, but the ideas contained within it are expansive. The written accounts of the life of a 'smart and sassy small town girl' are as urbane as those of any city dweller. From '50s and '60s nostalgia to modern-day values, and from the drama and insight of America's great books and motion pictures to politics, religion and animal rights, Susie Duncan Sexton's 'secrets' always hit the mark with unexpected candor and a unique perspective."
Now, one year after the initial release, Open Books, due to popular demand, is augmenting the book's successful digital distribution with a print edition, available worldwide through various retailers, including Amazon.com and the publisher's website (http://www.open-bks.com/).
"It's funny," Sexton remarks, "that while this digital age of social media and blogging brought me back to writing, I am most overjoyed that I shall now get to hold this book in my hands. I love my Kindle and iPad, but there is nothing like turning the pages of a book, sharing it with others, and being able to tuck it into one of my shelves…nestled beside works of my favorite authors. I guess I shall always be that nostalgic Baby Boomer at heart."
Sexton writes two monthly columns (one for hometown newsblog Talk of the Town and the other for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper) and maintains a prolific presence on her Goodreads' author profile blog and various Facebook fan pages. She comments, "I would like to thank my son Roy who has introduced all of these worlds to me. I grew up in a small town, but I always found the power of film and television and literature so transporting. I find that to be true now with Facebook and other sites. I can meet like-minded souls the world over and have these great virtual 'cocktail party conversations' online, among new friends in Ireland or Australia and my next door neighbors."