I retired and married my husband Gene in early 2003. After my parents had both passed away, I began searching for clues to solve the mystery of what happened to my dad’s father. As a tool, I subscribed to Ancestry.com and began my search, which led to my building family trees for my family and for my husband Gene’s family. As part of the family tree project, I went through all of the old family photographs in my possession and scanned, organized, and labeled them. Therefore, when I decided to write a book, I had already completed most of my family research.
On December 26, 2009, I began writing about my experience as the youngest photographer at the Kennedy assassination. The first draft of my book encompassed a lot of family background information – recollections of my childhood and anecdotes and family history which have been passed down through the years. After discussing the first draft with my good friend Kaye, I decided that it included too much family background information for readers primarily interested in the assassination, which was at the time approaching its 50th anniversary. So, I edited my family history book down to about 100 pages and focused that book on my life as it relates to my witnessing the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I self-published the book, which was released in November, 2012. Tina Towner, my story as the youngest photographer at the Kennedy assassination is available on Amazon.com in hardcover and e-book formats. The hard cover format is also available for sale in the museum store at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
I fully intended to finish the bigger family story and publish it in printed and e-book versions at a later date, but I did not think it would take this long. I am now, however, getting back on track.
Blogging wasn’t something I considered in 2009. I’m not sure if it was even an option for me at that time, but it is now, and I find it intriguing. Over the past twelve months, I have gone back and forth with the question – to blog or not to blog. I have finally decided to give it a try. When I am finished, I will see what my options are to print the entire serial into book format.
I will be learning as I go, so I expect some glitches. I also expect this to be great fun. Thank you for your patience with me as I toddle (maybe I should say “bloggle”) into the blogosphere. I hope you will join me on my journey, and if you do, I hope you enjoy it.