This book was born in an abandoned trunk in what had been a slave house and later a tenant house and then a storage building. Sue Myrick had left the trunk with her mother soon after World War I, and the trunk eventually left the family home with Sue’s youngest sibling, the author’s mother.
The trunk contained Sue’s papers from her early teaching years until she returned to Macon Georgia to teach—it held the love letters from her first serious boy friend as well as papers from her college and teaching days.
When Sue gave her GWTW papers to the author, the book began to grow, and it reached its teenage years when Sue’s sister Allie Myrick Bowden supplied hours of information on Sue’s youth on Dovedale Plantation and for many years thereafter.
The book was released on Sue’s birthday, February 20, 2011, at the Marietta Gone With the Wind museum. The gift shop sold out of books that day.