History Teaches Valuable Lessons
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Becoming Olive W follows a strong young woman set on defining her own path in early 1900’s Pennsylvania against the wishes of her father. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
As an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I often ponder the life of the brave women who came before me. The inspiration for Becoming Olive W. was, the life of all four of my Grandparents, all of whom were born between 1890 and 1902, the profound changes they witnessed during their lifetimes, such as the industrial revolution, electricity, telephone, phonograph, automobiles, and how they responded to ‘progress’.
I decided to explore their world, invest time studying their lifestyle more deeply.
In doing so, I was inspired to remind today’s women, young and old, that it wasn’t too far in the past that women were refused most things taken for granted today, like the right to vote, own property, choose your own mate, pursue a career, or obtain an education. I am a history buff, and I strongly believe that history teaches valuable lessons. This novel was my way of teaching.
Olive is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her characters development?
So many of today’s ‘coming of age’ stories portray positive character development. Olive, a prominent character in this saga, has few redeeming attributes. Becoming Olive W. demonstrates that not every ending is ‘happily ever after’. The lack of love and nurturing may sometimes present obstacles too great to overcome, even for the strongest, brightest personalities.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
My stories portray ‘real life.’ I cannot create a fantasized escape; a life how we wish life to be. It is important that my characters are realistic, with human flaws and that their relationships are equally flawed and equally intense. Even love is not perfect, rather love shows it face in many forms.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Under the Grapevine, book 2 in the Women of Campbell Country Family Saga, is currently on pre-order (the eBook) with Amazon. The paperback and launch are scheduled for August 22, 2021; however, it may be a week earlier. This book follows Olive, husband, and offspring through the great depression, WWII, ending in 1950 with the beginning of the Korean war.
I am currently working on The House on the Hill, book 3 in the Women of Campbell County Family Saga. I’m hoping for a November 2021, release, although probably Jan 2022 is more realistic.
Book 4, the conclusion to this saga is still untitled. It will be released late spring 2022.
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