Scheduled on September 27, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

I solo-drove 12,000 miles across America to interview our oldest living citizens about what they think technology has done to us. My book releases on September 30. Ask me anything.

Veronica Kirin
Sep 27, 2018 2:00PM EDT

Stories of Elders is the result of Veronica driving 12,000 miles around the U.S. to interview 100 of the last living members of the Greatest Generation and chronicles over 8,300 years of life lived.  Some of them are now more than a century old, and their stories include life experiences from major historical events in U.S. history like World War I, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and World War II. They also grew up during the time that modern technologies like aeroplanes, cars, microwave ovens, telephones, radios, electricity, and the internet come to fruition, and experienced arguably one of the greatest technological shifts in history.


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What was the most memorable part of your interview?
Sep 16, 3:27PM EDT0
How easy or difficult has it been for you to compile all the responses you received when carrying out your research?
Sep 15, 3:54PM EDT0
How has your perspective changed after driving, doing the interview, and then writing about it?
Sep 15, 6:24AM EDT0
What are some of the challenges you faced during your journey?
Sep 14, 2:31PM EDT0
What event or circumstance motivated you to write Stories of Elders? How did you get this idea?
Sep 13, 8:00PM EDT0
How did your interaction with the elders change your perspective on life, if at all?
Sep 13, 5:24PM EDT0
What were the challenges of editing the interviews and deciding what to leave and what to cut?
Sep 13, 3:07PM EDT0

Who do you think will be most fascinated with the book Stories of the Elders?

Sep 13, 6:58AM EDT0
What inspired you to carry out this extensive research for your book?
Sep 13, 1:27AM EDT0
Why do you consider it important for such information to be documented?
Sep 12, 11:37PM EDT0
Will the cost of this book factor in the expenses you incurred in the process of acquiring the information needed?
Sep 12, 9:27PM EDT0
What are some of the common challenges the respondents faced during the transition period?
Sep 12, 4:03PM EDT0
At what point did you realize you had all the information you needed for your book?
Sep 12, 2:04PM EDT0
How long has this project taken, from the moment you got the idea to the point when you published the book?
Sep 12, 1:04PM EDT0
Are there times when you wondered if all the driving and research was going to be worth it?
Sep 12, 11:06AM EDT0
During the interview, did you experience any difficulties communicating with the respondents, especially those that were pretty old?
Sep 12, 10:55AM EDT0
What are some of the things you discovered about yourself, especially your drive, as an author?
Sep 12, 3:47AM EDT0

How were you able to ascertain that the information you got was accurate?

Sep 11, 6:36PM EDT0

How did you choose which individuals to contact? What were your criteria? 

Sep 11, 6:36PM EDT0

How easy or difficult was it for you to contact the people that you interviewed?

Sep 11, 6:13PM EDT0
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