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July 30, 2020 20 min

Welcome back to Blue Funk Podcast. I’m you’re host, Rachel Renee and I read you stories from writers across the country and beyond. This week we are diving back into The Kiwis: Unsung Heroes of WWII by Bud Altmayer.

I thought I’d take a moment today to give you a bit of backstory of why I chose to read Kiwis. I starting caring for Bud back in 2012. Not going to lie, it wasn’t easy. He was stubborn and wasn’t afraid to give his opinion about anything. Often, it was in complete contradiction to what he needed, thus making it hard to care for him at times...but for some reason, Bud and I clicked. 

One day we were sitting around his apartment bored and he asked me if I’d be interested in reading one of his stories. I knew He had some old manuscripts in his office and I was curious, so I said yes. He suggested the Kiwis first.  

It didn’t take long before I was finished, and since I had a little bit of experience with writing and graphic design, I offered I help him find a way to publish it.  Bud was always so confident, so it surprised me when he was reluctant. After a little bit of encouragement, we began our book publishing journey. We ended up self-publishing five of his books altogether. I realize now how little experience I had in publishing and editing books, but it made an old man happy in his final year on Earth. 

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