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  James 'Gus' Filegar's Success Story
THE ADVENTURE
OF WRITING
Fathers, Sons, and
Brothers, Book One

It all started on groundhog day, 2002. I had just been layed off from my place of employment, and I knew it would be along one this time around. I decided to gather the information I had on Nathan S. Clark, and begin a biography of this citizen soldier from Maine. As I approached this project, it really started to occur to me that this would be huge undertaking on my part. I thought, you know what, if it is to be, it will be.

I got out the copy of Nathanís diary, brought up my diary notes on MS Word, and continued my transcription of this wonderful document. As I started to read his writing, questions bombarded my brain. Where did these thoughts come from? Why did he volunteer? What had gone through his mind the day of his marriage to Sarah? From what he had written in his diary at the beginning, I believe he knew full well he would be mustering in the following day.

From here, my imagination took over. My years of research of the citizen soldier away from home, of the Fifth Corps, and the Twentieth Maine Regiment began to augment my imagination. Before I knew it, I had written about 40 pages worth of this imaginative thought! I went back to the beginning, read it over and thought hmmm, . . . I wonder . . ..

After about a week of continuing to put it all into words, the story almost got a mind of its own, as did the characters, especially Nathan, Sarah and his best friend George.

It seemed if I ever got stuck and would simply look in the diary, if even for just a moment, the process would continue. I have a strong faith in God and Providence, and I very much believe that is what helped me to develop the story line. There are times, and I know some of you will probably say Ďthis guy is nutsí, that in some way Nathan himself helped me to write at times.

Well, 5 Ĺ months later, I found that I had finished Fathers, Sons and Brothers, Book One. It needed a tweak here and there, but for the most part what you have read, or are about to read, is pretty much the first draft of this novel.

Up until the completion of chapter two, I had not even given it a thought that I might publish it. It slowly came to me as I was writing Chapter three that I just might do just that. I must tell you though, that was a scary thought. All I could think of were these agents wanting tons of money to represent me, etc, etc. But as I found through my research, most agents arenít that way at all. But, did I want share what small amount I might make on this project. At first I thought I had no choice, as most publishers required an agent; the bigger ones anyway. I kept coming back to Publish America. There I needed no agent, the contract seemed fair enough and they did not want a dime from me up front, or ever for that matter! And, they pay me a modest royalty! Well, that is another story.

There is more to tell here folks! Since my novel went to publication in the fall of 2002, I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting Nathanís Great Grandson, and direct descendants of his brother Sidney W. Clark! We all met in Gettysburg over the 4th of July weekend this past 2003. His G Grandson lives in California near where Nathan and Sarah relocated around 1888 or so. His cousins live near Levant Maine, where his brother remained.

The Lord does work in mysterious ways. This novel has allowed these two families to find each other; they did not know of each other and my writing of Nathan has brought them together, God be praised!

Now that we have all met, the information line is now open, so I might actually write and have published a biography of Nathan S. Clark, a citizen soldier from Maine.

Donít worry though. Fathers, Sons, and Brothers, Book Two is in the works and will be done in a short while! The biography will round out the series.

. . .just thought you might like to know!
~~GUS
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