JoAnn Meaker: Ontario, Wayne County, teacher just retired from the Fairport Central School District.
Debut work: Ontario (Arcadia Publishing, $19.99), a compilation of period photos with accompanying text that is part of the "Images of America" series of local history books.
Book signings: 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 9 at Casey Park, 6533 Knickerbocker Road (north of Route 104), Ontario, Wayne County, before and during the concerts in the park.
• 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at L.W. Emporium, 6355 Knickerbocker Road (north of Route 104), Ontario.
Research: I worked closely with Liz Albright, Ontario town historian, in sifting through the vast collection of photographs she houses. I also used the photograph collection of the Ontario Historical Society (I'm the current archivist for the society).
Motivation: I'm co-chair of the Ontario Bicentennial Committee (along with Albright) and when we brainstormed the many ways to celebrate the town's 200th birthday, creating one of these books was on the list. I just went for it and submitted the proposal to Arcadia.
Writing advice: Be brave enough to try.
It might surprise you to know: I didn't like history until about 10 years ago.