April 16, 2013 | 01:40 PMA book about Lake Geneva.
Written by someone who actually lived here.
A book about newspapers, using as a source, someone who actually knows about local newspapers.
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Those are the credentials of a book called, "Love Finds You in Lake Geneva," by Pamela S. Meyers.
Meyers knows about what she writes because she lived in Lake Geneva from the age of 2 all the way through high school. Her father worked at Chaney Instruments. Her family lived in the servant's quarters at the Maxwell Mansion.
While Meyers now lives in Arlington Heights, Ill., she makes frequent trips back "home."
Those trips became especially frequent a couple years ago when she started work on "Love Finds You."
Meyers was so meticulous she even scoured the city to find a home her heroine could live in. Her heroine's love interest lived at the Elgin Club.
And the Riviera is almost a character itself as the story is set in 1933 during the time the iconic would-be ballroom was under construction.
Meyers really hit pay dirt when she searched for information about the local newspaper, then called (for real) the Lake Geneva News-Tribune. That's because she used the best resource available for newspapering in Lake Geneva — former Regional News Editor Doug Elliott.
And "Love Finds You" is full of familiar places.
It's a book about a young woman, Meg Alden, who works at the News-Tribune. She does rewrites and tidbits for the personal "who visited who" column. Meg yearns to fill a vacancy in the editorial department, but female reporters were few and far between in the 1930s.
Instead, the editor announces he's hired the son of a big city newspaper owner. There are storm clouds, but also sparks.
"How can Meg work with a man who stole her job … and makes her pulse race?" the blurb for "Love Finds You" asks.
Meyers' writing career started early. When she was 8, she asked for a diary.
After high school she went to New York and then Los Angeles.
Meyers spent much of her life as a school secretary, but never let go of the writing tug.
Along the way Meyers took a writing class at a community college. Her teacher was encouraging.
Meyers wrote articles, then fiction, and finally her first novel, "Thyme for Love," was released in November 2011.
Meyers is unapologetically a Christian. The "Love Finds You" series was developed by Summerside Press, a publisher related to Guideposts Magazine.
"I have received a lot of rejections over the years, but God had his reasons for delaying this next step in my writing journey," she said in an interview with novelrocket.com.
Meyers was asked in an interview on marjilane.com how she celebrated when she learned that "Love Finds You" would be published.
"By whooping and nearly having an accident on a busy Chicago area toll way," she said. "I was driving at night between orange barrels as the road was under construction when my agent suddenly called. Know better than to talk and drive at the same time, but my agent never calls me at 9 p.m. on a Friday so it had to be something important. When he told me Summerside wanted the book, I screamed. I didn't stay on the phone for long because it just wasn't very safe. I sang praise songs to God the rest of the way home."