Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Laura Lynn Ashworth, Author Of 'Letters To Loretta From The Radio Shack', Now Appearing On The Authors Show

Ashworth's work gives readers an enlightening glimpse into the minds of two WWII era teens. It is a captivating story that provides a penetrating and very personal look at how young people of the time viewed the world in which they lived. The book defies categorization as it details conversations regarding war, military service, politics, music, family, love and relationships

Author Laura Lynn Ashworth is now appearing on The Authors Show. In her interview she discusses her latest work, 'Letters To Loretta From The Radio Shack, A True WWII Teenage Love Story'. Ashworth's book lets readers experience World War II, both in battle and on the home front, through the eyes of adolescents in a way that Hollywood movies have never portrayed.

The book is a dramatic tale of two teens during the final climatic years of WWII, from letters exchanged from 1943-1945. The letters are between Sal, a young radio man deciphering Morse code out of the Navy’s radio shack on a minesweeper in the Pacific and Loretta, 15, who is from his neighborhood in Chicago. Information about the minesweeper, the USS Signet and its activities at sea while Sal is aboard are also logged and include real-time descriptions of D-Day and the Battle of Okinawa.

“When I ran across these letters," Ashworth stated, "I knew I had to share them with the public for their historical significance alone, but I was also taken aback about how frankly and comically these two teens discussed such serious issues of the time and what tremendous responsibilities they had to home and country at such a young age.  Their uncanny social insights, romantic love and humor in the most dire of times was fascinating to read.”

Historical significance aside, the book is one of a kind, in that it allows modern day readers to experience directly the day-to-day thoughts, feelings, desires and insecurities of two people involved in events that changed our world forever. Readers will also get a look at how communication took place before cellphones, social media and email. Sal and Loretta discuss war, military service, politics, music, family, love and relationships. The conversations are very real, very raw and often very funny.

Ten percent of all author proceeds benefit the VFW and USO.

Laura Lynn Ashworth is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at Her interview is available at The Authors Show site and on her website. 'Letters To Loretta From The Radio Shack, A True WWII Teenage Love Story' is available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-stores. More information is available at Ashworth's website at

About Laura Lynn Ashworth:

Laura Lynn Ashworth is an award-winning copywriter and political cartoonist. While helping an elderly family member with veteran’s administration paperwork, she ran across the letters and instantly knew of their rarity, freshness and historical significance. Although she received three publishing contracts within two months of sending the letters to major publishers, Ashworth decided to publish them herself on the advice of best-selling authors. She currently lives and works in a northwest suburb of Chicago.


Laura Lynn Ashworth