Another tornado book taking shape
One of the main writers from "Twisted Together By an EF4" is planning another book of tornado stories to be published on the second anniversary of the June 17, 2010 tornadoes.
"The first book didn't have enough space to tell everybody's stories that needed to be told," editor Jean Siirila said.
Siirila said the new book, "Struck Down But Not Destroyed," will chronicle tornado survivors' accounts that didn't fit into the original tornado book - along with others affected by the tornado who contact her during the writing process. The book will be organized in the chronological order of tornado impact - starting with the Almora area, then the area around County Road 143, then Wadena. After that, the book will focus on help and healing.
She said that the book would probably fill 200 pages of an 8 ½ by 11 inch volume, and has about 80 pages of material already done.
"Maybe other cities that have this kind of thing can also use it as a resource," she said.
The title of the book came from brainstorming working titles for the book that became "Twisted Together By an EF4," and the reference to 2 Corinthians 4:9.
"There's so many examples in the stories where God protected or helped," she said.
Siirila, who plans to be gone for the winter, may be reached in person before Nov. 15 and again around April, but can still be contacted by phone or email during the in between months. She said she is open to anyone who has a story about being touched by the tornado - not only the people who were there at the time it hit - including but not limited to relatives and volunteers.
"Everybody's got a story that they need to share," she said. "I've watched people as I've interviewed go from physically looking depressed, to ... with a smile on their face and happy. So I know it's healing to share."
Siirila can be contacted at (218) 631-3577 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.