Monday, January 28, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: "Chapter 5"

On this episode we are going back to Lily Springs. Charlotte is painting in Abelia's garden when chaos strikes.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: "Chapter 4"

On this episode, we join Robert Bishop as he pays a visit to Conrad's Tavern, and meet the proprietor and his wife. There, Robert and Conrad talk about recent events as Robert enjoys a class of Edelweiss lager and contemplates his uncle's offer.

After the reading, author Bruce Janu discusses the plight of Germans in Chicago following the U.S. declaration of war against Germany.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: "Chapter 3"

On this episode of Lilac Wine, we go to Chicago to meet Robert Bishop, who works at his uncle's piano factory on "Piano Row." Chicago, at the time, was one of the leading producers of musical instruments. But the war was taking a toll on business, and soon Robert will need to find another job.

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This is "Piano Row," Chicago. Click on the picture below to go to a full size version. The detail is amazing!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: Chapter Two

After Owen's accident at the swimming hole, Abelia's picnic in interrupted by a black cherry wine-induced dream. Listen below or in your favorite podcast app. Subscribe so you don't miss an episode!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: Chapter One

Chapter One is here! An accident at the swimming hole brings out several residents of Lily Springs, hoping to find the source of the sound that is reverberating off the buildings in Lily Springs.  Listen below or in your favorite podcast app. Subscribe so you don't miss an episode!

This episode features some of the more eccentric characters in Lily Springs. Where is Lily Springs located? North of Dubuque, Iowa, along the Mississippi.

When researching the book, I took a trip to Iowa and drove up and down the banks of the Mississippi, stood at the railroad tracks mere feet from the river.

Lily Springs is a completely fictional town, but North Buena Vista was a town that had many qualities I was looking for in regard to the "look" of Lily Springs.  Here are some pictures I took on that trip: