Campus community flocks to book signing

Release Date: 11/14/2006

Author signs copies of Civil War novel

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (Nov. 14, 2006) -- Local author and Ozarks alum Nancy Dane signed copies of her new Civil War novel at Robson Library on November 14.

A steady stream of students, Civil War buffs and book fans turned out to meet Dane, whose first novel follows the adventures of a western Arkansas youth conscripted to fight, and then returning home to face the war's aftermath.

Dane spent 14 years on "Where the Road Begins" which she wrote concurrently with "Tattered Glory", a documentary history of the Civil War in the Arkansas River Valley.

Much of her time was spent doing research, going through letters, diaries and other historical material in an effort to give her novel authenticity.

"I didn't want it to be just another frothy romance novel," said Dane. "I wanted it to have depth."

She said perseveance and a love of writing are the most important qualities for completing a book.

"It's like anything else," said Dane. "You've got to want it and put in the blood, sweat and tears to achieve it."

Dane, whose four children also attended U of O, "Didn't know how to turn on a computer," when she first arrived on campus.

She now has a website, which includes excerpts from both her books.