Writing a book is a labour of love. It also requires dedication, determination and staying power.
Truro author Charlie Fox is now a member of the club.
The book is called ‘Fox Tales' and most of the stories pertain to Fox's childhood and growing up in the small farming community of Sheffield Mills, about seven miles north of Kentville.
"I feel fantastic now that the book has been published," said Fox, 67. "This is one of the most exciting times in my life. There's no way I can pretend to be nonchalant about it."
The stories are sprinkled with humorous elements, which was the reality of the author's childhood. The book also reflects on Fox's philosophy that we shouldn't take life too seriously.
‘Charlie has decided to put some of his childhood memories to pen and so we have the first edition of Fox Tales,' childhood friend James Taylor writes in the introduction to Fox Tales. ‘The people and events are real and he has just touched the tip of the iceberg.
‘It is a fun step back in time when life seemed a whole lot simpler and the days a whole lot longer. Charlie has captured the essence of what it was like to grow into adolescence in what seemed like a more innocent and less complicated world.'
‘River Road,' the first story in the book, tells about two young boys, twin brothers Russ and Charlie, whose lives hang in the balance in 1949 as police cars and fire trucks appear and searchers check the river.
The boys were just four and newcomers to Chatham, Ont.
"River Road is about learning an important lesson," said Fox. "Always try to obey your parents. It could prevent a whole lot of trouble."
The Fox family moved to Sheffield Mills in 1950, which lead to new experiences both positive and not-so-positive. In a story titled ‘Headless,' both are covered.
Other stories are titled ‘The Rink,' ‘History Lessons', ‘The Gift' and ‘Rats' likewise prove interesting.
"A baseball story ‘Good To Be Alive' is one of my favourites," said Fox. "It's a comparison of the ups and downs in the game of baseball and those we experience in the game of life."
An obvious sports enthusiast, Fox titled another story ‘The Game.' In 1956, the 11-year-old had moved with his family to Kentville. A few months later he was eager to return to the outdoor rink in Sheffield Mills to play his former teammates. The idea was for the town kids to show the country boys how hockey should be played.
The Game (in 1957) is the one Fox will never be able to forget and for all the wrong reasons. Just a hint - the score ended up 13-3.
Employed with Avco Financial Services, Fox and his wife Jessie arrived in Truro in 1995. Making a career change to real estate, Fox is now an agent with Remax-Fairlane Reality.
A former university hockey player with the Acadia Axemen, Fox has been involved in old-timer hockey since moving to Truro.
"There's a feeling of accomplishment in finally completing this first book," Fox said. "I have some eager anticipation that there could be a second book someday down the road."
And for anyone considering writing a book, Fox offers some encouragement.
"Getting around to starting is the key," he said. "Once you actually begin, the adrenalin begins to flow and you are on your way."
Fox Tales sells for $19.95 and can be purchased at MacQuarries Pharmasave located on the Esplanade in Truro and at the Colchester Regional Hospital gift shop.
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