Showing posts from October, 2013

From Carolina to Dakota

So, you might have noticed the lack of blogging. I missed the anniversary of Kings Mountain (October 7), which I was feeling particularly angsty about since that was smack in the middle of the government shutdown, and with the site maintained under the national park system, they couldn’t even hold the usual commemorative events. I also haven’t blogged about this year’s ACFW conference, because, well ... I came home to news that rather blew away most of my conference thoughts by its significance. After 22 years of living in the Charleston area—and more than 25 years in the South, overall—my husband was offered a job in North Dakota. That’s ... NORTH. DAKOTA. And we’re currently barreling down on November. Can you feel your blood turning to ice just at the thought? Mind you, my husband and I grew up in the Midwest—plenty of cold and snow. In fact, I learned to drive in snow, but years of mild weather has thinned my blood and changed my driving skills a bit. T

Interview with author Elaine Marie Cooper

It's been a while since I've had an author interview, so today I'm thrilled to host fellow Colonial Quills member Elaine Marie Cooper. She describes herself as a wife, mom, GiGi to triplets, and lover of history. Her latest, a Revolutionary War tale titled Fields of the Fatherless, released yesterday to some great reviews. Elaine, could you tell us a bit about your background and family life, and how you got started writing? I grew up in Massachusetts just outside of Boston. As the youngest of a large family of six children, I remember enjoying my “alone” time and would dabble in writing in my early years. My Dad must have noticed because, when my pet hamster showed up missing one day, he suggested I write a story about my hamster’s adventures roaming the inner recesses of our 100-year-old house! I happily agreed (although I was even happier when “Whiskers” showed up after three days.) He was hungry and thirsty, but unharmed. I continued writing for fun, dabbli