I thought you might want to meet the inspiration for my new novel, the working title is Finding Grace. It’s set in 1893 during the Oklahoma land rush. This woman homesteaded, alone, and built a life for herself as an entrepreneur, artist, teacher, shop keeper, and photographer. She’s my husband’s great grandmother. Meet Minnie Hoopes and her class of pupils.

Minnie, the teacher, is in the middle of the back row.

Her Royal Spyness is great fun

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you enjoy British humor and settings you will love this fun story. The heroine is young, smart, 34th removed from the throne and broke. Having had her allowance cut off when she turned 21 she now has to venture out in the world and make a living. But how does one do that when one has had servants all one’s life, you ask? It isn’t an easy task.

With a host of interesting cousins and men vying for her royal hand, Georgiana is determined to find love and a job, not necessarily in that order. What she discovers is a dead body and the distinct impression that someone is trying to kill her, too. You’ll enjoy this fun romp, I certainly did.

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A writer’s journey…

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Barbara Fleming, a delightful lady, a journalist and a Five Star Author of  historical fiction. It seems she always knew what path to take and that was writing. Please help me welcome her to the BD Blog.

What parts of you and your background feed your imagination? I was an invalid much of my childhood and listened to the radio or read for entertainment. That began my journey of imagination. My favorite program was “Let’s Pretend.”

Tell us a little about the very first story you remember writing? I wrote my first story about a baseball player when I was about sixteen years old. I was advised by a well known and successful writer of the time to stick with writing about what I know. Good advice.

Creative people are often creative in other ways, besides writing what else does the muse encourage you to do? My muse is narrowly focused on writing.

What genre(s) do you like to write? I was trained as a journalist and am very comfortable with nonfiction writing, but I also like to write historical and contemporary fiction.

Tell us a little about your novel, its plot and the main character(s). Journeying is the story of a woman who leaves Ohio in 1872 to journey west with the man she loves, who is half black and whom she cannot legally marry. They travel by wagon to northern Colorado, where most of the story, told in journal form, takes place.

Are any of the characters like you and if so in what way? All my characters are in part composites of people I have known or interacted with, and my protagonist has some of my characteristics such as a love of music, but she is not like me. She is her own person.

What genre(s) or author(s) do you like to read? Mystery, history and contemporary fiction for women.

Where and when do you find the best ideas or inspiration for your stories? By observing, listening, learning from the people around me—sometimes, from books I read or conversations I have.

If there was a message you could share with other writers what would it be? Don’t give up.

Where can readers go to learn more about you and your work? Visit my web page, I have also written some for the Author Expressions blog.

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