Steve's parents wrote their narratives in order to share the tale with their children (his sister was apparently considered too young to have remembered much). In consequence perhaps, the record they've left reads a little flat, considering the drama and hardship that living through these events must have entailed. After all, the little family made it intact and even returned to the Philippines where Al served as headmaster of an Episcopal school in the 1950s.
Steve shares some reflections on his parents' memoirs in an afterward:
He always experienced his mother as an anxious person -- no wonder.
While looking into these kinds of self-publishing possibilities for this post, I realized that my friend Sandra DeHelen, who has brought out more than half a dozen fiction titles through Amazon and other avenues, had written a serious blog post just last week on how to navigate this emerging field successfully: 15 Steps to self-publishing your book. Aspiring self-publishers, take note.