Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: When I Was a Child by T.L. Needham

Self-publishing a book is an exciting undertaking. Because we understand the dedication required to write a quality book, we like to feature our top authors each week so you can get to know more about them and their works. This week, we are featuring T.L. Needham’s When I Was a Child.

In his latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, T.L. Needham, tells a stunning story of love, death and survival on the Kansas Prairie.

On Ash Wednesday, 1926, a young couple, Alex and Theresa, left their six children home on the farm. They drove through heavy rains to attend Mass in town. That’s when the temperature dropped fast, and the heavy rain became a snowy windswept blizzard. Only one of them would survive that night. The terrible loss upended the lives of this working-class family in ways no one could have expected. Through it all, the ironclad bonds of love held them together as they endured the Great Depression and an unceasing string of trials, losses, and hardships.

Based on actual events, When I Was a Child documents the inner strength, courage, and sheer grit that steadied the couple’s children through loss, economic crises, tornados, dust storms and war. Focusing on the extraordinary life of Louis Pfeifer, this vividly rendered book juxtaposes vignettes of a tragic past—the loss of a mother, father, and grandmother—against Louis’s harrowing experiences as an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and prisoner of war during World War II. What emerges is an inspirational story of love and family bonds as Louis and his siblings grow up to become devoted, successful parents—despite all odds.

Powerful, honest, and unflinching, When I Was a Child is about the suffering that life inflicts—and the bravery that gets us to the other side, becoming much wiser and stronger along the way.


T. L. Needham, a native of Kansas City, grew up with the tales of survival of his mother’s family, who endured life during the 1920s and 1930s in western Kansas. His publishing background is extensive. Needham published Pesky Poems, a collection, in 2008. He is the author of Winning and Keeping Relocation Business. Needham also founded and wrote for Relocation/Realty UPDATE news magazine during the 1980s and 90s, and was publisher of Kansas City Parent magazine. Needham was a national speaker and trainer on corporate relocation and real estate issues two decades. He lives in Illinois.

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