The Sacrifices Made

E T McNamara Author Interview

The Chippendale Letter follows a Vietnam War widow as she embarks on a journey to find the intended recipient of an unmailed letter from 1944. What were some sources that informed this novels development?

Although I was never in Vietnam, I was in the USMC Reserves during that time, so the sacrifices made by those who served have always stayed with me. Those sacrifices obviously extend to those families who suffered the loss of a loved one. As for the story’s 1944 timeframe, I have been interested in that period of American History since I was a teenager. My previous novel, Fate’s Final Destiny, takes place during those years, and letters also played a role in that plot’s development. So, in a sense, I was the source for that part of the story.

What were some challenges you felt were important to developing Patti’s character in the story?

I needed to establish Patti’s fragile state so the reader could appreciate her overcoming the hardships she had to endure. Then, without giving away too many plot details at this time, I needed to make her journey and resulting emotional growth seem natural and not contrived.

What were some questions you kept asking yourself as you were writing your story?

Besides staying historically accurate, I needed to know if I kept the lives of the four main characters believable and authentic. I would also ask myself if their lives and life-changing decisions would resonate well with my readers. I disapprove of it when an author is too loose with what is factual to make the storyline conveniently result in the outcome.

What draws you to the historical romance genre and makes it perfect for you to write in?

The genre consists of two passions of mine. I have always been a history buff, and I have always loved a good love story, especially those with a feel-good ending. Writing historical romance novels allows me to combine the two by weaving the romance into a historical setting. Having lived in the latter part of the twentieth century, writing about those periods allows me to draw from my personal experiences and what I have learned from books.

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From the author of The Puzzle Pieces and Fate’s Final Destiny comes a two-generation romantic novel set against World War 2, the Vietnam War, and America’s space race. Discovering an unmailed letter from 1944 twenty-five years later in an old Chippendale chest, Vietnam War widow Patti Kilbride embarks on a journey to find the intended recipient. Caught up in her efforts to reunite two strangers from the past, Patti is unaware of the changes her search is having in her own life. Following the lives of a WWII naval aviator and a “Rosie the Riveter” aircraft factory worker, we watch their past lives eventually catch up with Patti’s present life. If you enjoy a good love story and at the same time want to experience what American life was like generations ago, this book is for you.

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