There are two people that I credit with my love of history - Pierre Berton's books of Canadian history captured my attention, and my grandpa Emil Stock's stories about growing up in the 1930s piqued my interest in that period in particular. In high school, Grandpa Emil inspired my interest in family history as he was researching the Stock side of the family. When he passed away, he left me his family history information to me, including a handwritten copy of his life story. In that story, he had a large section about growing up in the 30s. I found the stories fascinating, so I began researching more.
As I researched, I started imagining characters in the settings and events that I was reading about. And that is how Jake was born.