Saturday, April 9, 2016

Naomi Yaeger lives in Duluth, Minn., where she served as editor of Minnesota's largest weekly community newspaper, the Duluth Budgeteer News from Jan. 2011 until March 2016. Photography is her first love and it rare to find her without a camera in her hand. In 2008 she founded Duluth Daily Photo a blog where she posts something “uniquely Duluth” each day. She and her daughter, Rebecca Bischoff, offer environmental faith-based talks on how to care of both yourself and the earth by the products you choose to use daily. Naomi is currently working a historical true life novel about a young woman who grew up during the Great Depression and World War II years.
The working title of the book is "She Taught Us the Constellations." 

As a girl growing up in the rural Midwest, Janette experiences the love of family and a rural community. The book takes place in a small village of Avoca, Minnesota in Murray County. In the summers Janette visits her aunts and uncles, and cousins in southeast South Dakota on a farm near Gayville, which is between  the towns of Vermillion and Yankton. Though her family did not suffer as much as some families did during the Great Depression and World War II, living through that time period shaped her outlook on life. The story delves into the hard times shared by all in our nation. As Janette grows to adulthood she watches farmers lose their land. During the World War II, she watches as goods are rationed and young men are sent off to war. Then in the early 1950s, just as things are looking up around the nation, a fire ravishes her village of Avoca, and her family loses their business and almost all their belongings.