A Novel of Love, Betrayal, Heroism, and Devotion
Fates Final Destiny follows a young couple that are separated and go about their lives thinking the other has moved on without them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
I have always been interested in 20th century American History, especially the 1930s and the 1940s. World War II has also been a favorite subject of mine. As much as I love history, I have always been a fan of romantic stories, particularly those when the two main characters can overcome the many obstacles thrown at them. It seemed interesting to combine the two into a romance novel set against actual world events. To quote what one reviewer wrote on Amazon, “Romance Meets History.”
This novel is a work of historical fiction covering many key events in US history. What research did you do for this novel to get it right?
I began with my knowledge of that historical era from decades of extensive reading. I wanted to find little-known facts about well-known events and incorporate them into the fictional part of the book. I also used these events as a backdrop for the book’s characters. While these facts were available in books, articles, and the internet, I wanted to understand better the people who lived through these events. To do this, I reached out and interviewed individuals who lived through these troubling times. Whether speaking to people in Goodwell, Oklahoma, or actual Navy Nurses, their insight allowed me to make the story as authentic as possible.
I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing an actual U.S. Naval Flight Nurse, Lieutenant Jacqueline (Jacquet) Melvin, who served on the battlefield at Okinawa. Just shy of her 100th birthday, she provided me with invaluable personal knowledge of what it was like back then. Her insights were much more valuable than any written article would have been. Sadly, she died soon after, but I dedicated my book to her and all those members of “The Greatest Generation.”
I was also fortunate to receive copies of scores of hand-written notes, log entries, journals, as well as photos that were generously provided to me by Lieutenant Melvin’s daughter, Maureen Christopher. Maureen, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, and Nurse answered countless questions and made that section of the novel historically accurate.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The book’s subtitle contains the four main themes of the story: love, betrayal, heroism, and devotion. They each play a significant role in developing the plot and the story’s final ending. The novel may have been about the “Great Depression” and “World War II,” but these four themes have been common throughout the ages.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My third novel will also be a hybrid of romance and history, with a bit of a Christmas story thrown in. “The Chippendale Letter” takes place in two time periods, 1944 and 1969. It’s the story of a young widow who finds an unmailed letter from 1944 in an old chest she had purchased at a yard sale. Reading the letter’s contents, she is both intrigued and obsessed with finding the sender and its intended recipient. I am aiming for a publication date in early spring.