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Someday I'll Laugh About This is a book which began with a setting. I wanted to write about our little cabin in Yachats, Oregon, which has been in our family since my grandfather bought it during the Depression. So many good times have been logged there over the years.

In writing about Shelby's problems of adolescence, I was actually remembering my own. My oldest son was only five at the time I was working on this and my twins were yet unborn. By the time they were all reaching Shelby's age, their stories were off limits for my books anyway!

I name the town Perpetua in the book, but it's actually Yachats the way it used to be. The issue of the Historic 804 Trail forms a subplot in the book. It pleases me now that the trail is a done deal, and frequently mentioned as an attractive amenity for tourists. People probably don't realize how hard we had to fight to keep the trail open to the public when so many adjacent landowners wanted to close it off.

Five-year-old cousin Brandon was based on my son, Miles. Here he's dressed for Halloween as Luke Skywalker with his glow-in-the-dark, plastic "I-Have-the-Power" light saber. Remember those? This was when Star Wars was popular the first time around.
"Brandon" and his beautiful wife this past Halloween. He still has the power!
I call the cabin Sea Haven in the book, but the actual place has always been Ocean Crest. My mother made this sign when doing mosaic crafts was popular in the 60s.


"Crew pilots Shelby through these troubled waters with good humor and a steady hand...Underlying everything is the story's celebration of family and its capacity to support and sustain even in the midst of squabble and irritating idiosyncrasies. An engaging look at adolescent problems." --Booklist

"The author of Children of the River has created a wonderfully complex character in Shelby...Crew invigorates her plot with a fully realized setting, people who interact with the grace of real family members, and teenage concerns that--though not new--are refreshingly restated."--Kirkus

"With insight and sensitivity, Crew captures the pain of growing up, along with its inherent humor. Lively, believable characters, universal experiences and Shelby's own honest narration of her summer highlight this uplifting story."--Publisher's Weekly

Another of my mother's projects, the infamous trout table, gets mentioned in the book. We used to joke that it was the only thing holding the cabin down in the high coastal winds.
New generations continue to enjoy the family place at Yachats