A swan’s journey
Clintonville woman publishes new book
By Erik Buchinger
Clintonville resident Ginger Wedde held a signing for her latest published book at The Living Room Coffee Shop & Vintage Décor on Friday, Aug. 4.
Wedde’s said she has sold 250 copies of her second book “Trumpeter Swan: A Mother’s Love Story,” which was published in June.
Wedde’s first book was “Ginger’s Favorite Recipes,” which was a cookbook published in 2000. She would like to revise the work in the future to update her list of recipes.
After she retired as a chef, Wedde looked to remain busy during her retirement.
“I retired, and I wanted to do something,” Wedde said. “I didn’t want to knit.”
Wedde took a three-year course in New York at the Institute of Photography and graduated in 2007.
Wedde stayed busy with her photography and snapped hundreds pictures of swans at the N.E.W. Zoo in Green Bay.
“I said to my husband, ‘What am I going to do with all these photos?’ You can only take so many,” Wedde said.
Wedde said she took more than 400 photos of the swans and realized she wanted to use the pictures for a book.
“At first, I didn’t think this was going to turn into a book,” Wedde said. “I had them all out, went through them, narrowing them down. Then I saw a book emerge, and that’s when my book idea came.”
Wedde said the story is about a light-hearted journey of a trumpeter swan.
“It’s a very loving book,” Wedde said. “It’s a Christian book. The daddy finds his mate, and it’s the whole journey of building a nest, having the eggs, the hatching of the babies and raising them.”
Wedde said the book can be purchased through Barnes & Noble, Amazon and by reaching out to her directly.
The money earned from the book sales goes to the local food pantry as well as St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville, where Wedde attends.
Wedde delivered 10 books to the N.E.W. Zoo, and she started on a new project.
“I’m taking photos for my next book now,” Wedde said. “The next book I want to write is called, “A Mother’s Loving Touch.” I wanted to take pictures of mothers and children and the loving touch, the kiss, the embrace and things like that. Once I go through all of them, I’ll see if there’s a story.”