Florida’s History Detective
These stories will inspire, educate, and provide jaw-dropping amazement at Florida’s incredible history:
- A 135-year-old state mental institution steeped in dark secrets
- A WWII top-secret military base tasked with the installation, maintenance, and operation of America’s most important war-worthy device
- The real story about Florida’s involvement in bringing illegal booze into the country during the Prohibition era
- Unsolved murders
- Mysterious ancient artifacts
- and more
I love Florida history and am committed to finding buried, forgotten, or unusual stories and bringing them to my readers in a compelling manner.
As an author, I have written four historic nonfiction books, each about a fascinating aspect of Florida history. And, my fiction books and current projects each have Florida history as either their main theme, or they are set in Florida.
As a journalist, I’ve covered important people, events, and organizations in South Florida. I’ve interviewed Olympic champions, world-renowned men-of-the-cloth, Carnegie Hall performers, high-powered developers, politicians, and TV personalities. I’ve covered Mickey Mantle memorabilia, World World II exhibits, historic walking tours, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs. I am even a ghostwriter.
For four years, I was a special correspondent for the Sun Sentinel newspaper in South Florida where hundreds of my articles appeared in the Community News section. As a freelance journalist, dozens of my articles appeared in Boca Raton, Gold Coast, Boca Life, Delray Beach, Palm Beacher, and Carolina Bride magazines.
As a speaker, I have shared my stories with audiences at numerous educational institutions, social and philanthropic organizations, and historical societies throughout Florida. I enjoy speaking about Florida’s rich history, and never miss an opportunity to talk with students about writing, and the excitement of discovering a good story.
I have also been a guest on NPR (National Public Radio and TV) many times, and a guest lecturer with the Life Long Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
2012 Emmy Nominated Documentary!
Because of my book Run the Rum In, I had the privilege of participating in two documentaries depicting South Florida during the Prohibition era. I was associate producer and on-camera speaker in WLRN’s documentary “Prohibition and the South Florida Connection” that premiered November 2011 and is still running on PBS channels. In 2012 it was nominated for a Suncoast Emmy Award. I also participated in a series entitled “Gangsters” for the National Geographic Channel.
Now Available for Purchase!
Released in April 2013 as an E-Book.
Adam was on his bike headed toward the beach in Boca Raton, Florida, to look for treasures washed up by the waves. Instead he bumped into Phillip, a man who enchanted him with tales of adventures growing up on the same beach during World War II. He told Adam of German spies taking up residence in an unoccupied house, of being caught by miltary police at the secret army post, of a giant alligator being delivered to City Hall, and of the hunt for a monstrous “devil-fish.”
Adam found his treasure, though it was not what he expected. This gem is filled with wonderful Boca Raton history and fantastic adventures of interest to any reader young or old.
Out of Mind, Out of Sight: A Revealing History of the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee and Mental Health Care in Florida.
The story of the state’s first mental institution is rich in early Florida history and, for the first time, reveals the truth about what went on behind its doors.
The Cloak, a biblical mystery, is here!
Other books by Sally J. Ling
Run the Rum In Discover the tricks of the trade—smuggling the liquor and evading the law. Learn of the dealings of Al Capone, “the Real McCoy,” and the “Gulf Stream Pirate.” Discover how NASCAR got its start and a local restaurant with a past steeped in rum running.
Small Town, Big Secrets: Inside the Boca Raton Army Air Field during WWII chronicles the history of the Boca Raton Army Air Field and includes descriptions and experiences of veterans and civilians who served on the Field.
A History of Boca Raton is a quick read, yet a comprehensive history of Boca Raton–the people and the institutions that make up this city.
Phillip’s Great Adventures: Spies, Root Beer and Alligators is a historical novel for young people that is based on the real life adventures of former Boca Raton residents.