Link to January 9 Wausau Daily Herald article.
A home with no books and a parent who constantly calls you stupid doesn't exactly nurture a writing talent.
Or maybe it does, if you take the experience of Wausau author Sandra Kring [website under construction] into account. Sandra, who moved to Wausau in June, has written three well-received, steady-selling books and is working on a fourth.
Her first published work, "Carry Me Home," is a coming-of-age story set during World War II. It came out in 2005. "Strong characters, a clear community portrait and a memorable protagonist whose poignant fumblings cloak an innocent wisdom demonstrate Kring's promise," wrote Publisher's Weekly.
"The Book of Bright Ideas," Sandra's second book, was a Target Book Selection in 2006, and she said it has been optioned for a film. "Thank You For All Things," her third novel, came out in 2008 and is in its second printing.
It's such a dramatic change of life for Sandra that sometimes even she shakes her head at the improbability of it all.
"I didn't read when I was a kid," she said. "There were no books in our house."