Gary Slaughter was born and raised in Owosso*, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he served six years as a naval officer on navy destroyers. Over the course of
his distinguished business career, he became an expert on the management of corporate information technology. He traveled extensively, lecturing and consulting to clients both in the United States and abroad. But, he always dreamt about his early years in Owosso. Finally, 12 years ago, he did what many of us have only imagined ourselves doing. He put his business career on hold and sat down to write the “Great American Novel.”Since then he has written four award-winning novels, beginning with Cottonwood Summer and ending with Cottonwood Spring, which was to be the last novel in the Cottonwood series. However, to the delight of his ardent fans, especially here in the Nashville area, he has produced y
et another critically-acclaimed fifth novel, Cottonwood Summer ’45. Today, Gary will explain why he decided to write “The Fifth Cottonwood.” And how Nashville was a key factor in that decision. In doing so, he will reacquaint us with his alluring assortment of lovable characters based on colorful people he observed while growing up in the World War II home front in Owosso, Michigan.It gives me great pleasure to introduce Nashville’s own, Gary Slaughter.