With hundreds of photographs snapped over decades and enough memories to fill a library, Cecilia Garcia Akers had the content for a novel.
Then, about a year ago, she was approached by the publishing company and a novel is about to be reality.
"I laughed and said I had never done one," Garcia Akers said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's an opportunity for people to understand what Papa was really like as a human being; his struggles and his family's struggles. I thought that I had to do it and make whatever sacrifices we have to make."