I would like to give a warm welcome to my friend and fellow writer Elaine Cougler as she steps into my blog as my very first, most welcomed guest!
Elaine and I met through a mutual friend, another writer Sharon Clare, at a writer’s retreat that Sharon was hosting just outside of Kingston, ON. The retreat, another first for me, gave me the opportunity to open my book of scribbles to others, and introduced me to new writers.
I was excited to learn about the release of Elaine’s book The Loyalist’s Wife and jumped at the chance to have her share a bit about her novel.
Please take a moment to check out this new release, you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks again Elaine and congratulations!
Whispers in Historical Fiction
My very deep thanks to Carole-Ann Vance for having my guest post on her lovely blog today.
Carole-Ann’s site has such an interesting title that I wanted to borrow and build on it, if I could. What could be more titillating than whispers being the focus of a story? In The Loyalist’s Wife, Lucy is left to fend for herself when John goes off to fight for the British in the American Revolutionary War. Whispers are not the focus of the story but they do figure in.
Most of us are calm and rational in the cold light of day when the sheer number of chores we have to do keeps our minds from the what-ifs and what-was-thats that haunt us at night. In 1778 New York State, Lucy’s days are spent milking cows, planting corn, mending chicken wire fences, and searching the woods for medicinal plants.
Taking a break from her work she looks toward the wood, a slight tightening in her stomach, but she sees nothing out of the ordinary. Alone at night, she slips under the patchwork quilt—no matter the heat in the cabin—and slams into exhausted sleep. But often she wakes to a whisper in her mind and, one night, hears the scratch of the door latch.
Lucy and John are fictitious but the American Revolutionary War was real and extremely important both in its own time and for its effect on history. Melding the two together is the essence of historical fiction. The researched data doesn’t change but we authors get to delve into the fiction part as deeply as we like and listen to the whispers in our own minds.
Further information on The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler:
When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.
With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles.
Elaine blogs at On Becoming a Wordsmith which may be found at www.elainecougler.com. She also is frequently found here: @ElaineCougler, Facebook/ElaineCouglerAuthor, and LinkedIn author groups.