Monday, June 20, 2011

The Authors of "A Historical Collection"

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The authors of Victory Tales Press are celebrating their one year anniversary so make sure to follow the links. :) Just leave a comment or a question and you'll be entered to win. :) Stop by all 3 blogs, for a more chances to win! (***One print copy and 2 e-books will be given away. Three drawings. Three chances to win!)


Karen Michelle Nutt: I'm thrilled to be a part of the Victory Tales Press. We're a group of authors joining together to publish romance based anthologies. Today, I would like to tell you about A Historical Collection Anthology and introduce you to the other authors who contributed to this wonderful collection of historical romances. Take it away gals.

Cheryl
Pierson: Hi Karen, and thanks so much for having us all here today. I'm a native of Oklahoma. I live in the Oklahoma City metro area with my husband. The mother of two grown children, and pet-sitter on occasion, I am always busy. A romance author who loves to read, I also teaches novel writing classes and am the co-owner of West Winds Media, an editing/teaching business for writers. I write short stories that have appeared in VICTORY TALES PRESS anthologies as well as anthologies compiled by Adams Media and Chicken Soup.




Kate Kindle: This past year with Victory Tales Press has been very enjoyable and rewarding for me. I've written four novellas/shorts for VTP. By the way, Victory Tales Press is now celebrating its one year anniversary. The most exciting news for me has been the eBook and print publication of my novel, Angel's Requiem. I hope you will purchase A Historical Collection: Sweet/Sensual, for the relaxation and inspiration that only a collection of short stories can offer.
As for my background, I've been a journalist and teacher, a mother who has raised four children, and the wife of a husband who shares my interests in playing Irish music, and enjoying the cultural pleasures in New York City.

Miriam Newman: Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals.
Karen Michelle Nutt: As a multi-published author, I spin tales for Tease PublishingLLC, The Wild Rose Press, Highland Press, RJV Publishing, Victory Tales Press and Western Trail Blazers.

I live in California with my husband, three fascinating children, fo
ur dogs, and three cats. Jack, my Chihuahua/Yorkshire terrier is my writing buddy and sits long hours with me at the computer. Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all my stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.


***What inspired you to write your story for A Historical Collection?

Cheryl Pierson author of Jason's Angel: I normally write my historicals in the old west setting of Indian Territory, but because we have Indian blood on both sides of my family, I decided to do something a bit different with JASON’S ANGEL. During Andrew Jackson’s presidency, he enforced the Cherokee Removal from Georgia and many other states (because gold had been found in Taladega). He ordered the Cherokees moved west to Indian Territory on what became known as The Trail of Tears. Although many of the Cherokees lived just as the whites lived, in plantation houses, some of them with slaves of their own, and had their own government, this removal was anything but voluntary. I began to wonder…what if some of the Cherokees stayed behind? Jason’s mother was married to a Scotsman. That might offer her some protection, being married to a white man, but it couldn’t stop the hard feelings of the neighbors that wanted them gone. I gave Jason a tragic past—a mother and father who were murdered when Jason and his little brother, Eli, were only children. They go to live with their father’s brother, so they’re safe from the Removal. Because their father is Scottish, their last name is McCain, but they carry the Cherokee coloring of their mother. When the Civil War comes along, Jason decides to fight for the Union, although he’s a born and bred Georgian. Eli leaves his uncle’s inhospitable home and follows Jason to battle. When they’re both severely wounded, a Confederate angel comes to take them to her home where they might be properly cared for.
Miriam Newman author of Deirdre : Just about the time Rebecca Vickery asked me to write a short story for her Historical Anthology, I had been thinking of the poetry I wrote for forty years before I ever published a romance. Some of that poetry was very romantic and much of it was based on the Irish Bardic poetry of my childhood. The echo of that style can be heard in the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. B. Yeats and Dylan Thomas, but the earliest written Bardic poetry dates back to about the 6th century, and the oral traditions of bards greatly pre-date that. The “Tain Bo Cuailnge”—the Cattle Raid of Cooley—falls into that category and is mentioned in my story, “Deirdre.” Much of the Bardic writing would hardly be recognizable to modern readers as poetry, comprised as it was of long genealogical records and nearly journalistic accounts of deeds of lords and ancestors. The ancient tale of Deirdre of the Sorrows, with which I was raised, falls roughly into that category and I had begun to wonder if I would like to undertake my own rendering of the ancient tale. Rebecca’s email came right at that time and a new project was born.

Kate Kindle author of A Tale from the Red Chest : What inspired me was summers in Pennsylvania coal country where some of my ancestors live. These were very happy times among colorful, warm and ambitious people. A few years ago, years after visiting my folks there, my family and me went down the Lackawanna County coal mine, now closed. I experienced the life of a miner. I was glad Rebecca Vickery asked us to do an historical story so I could do The Tale From the Red Chest.

Karen Michelle Nutt author of The Devil's Wolf: At a Scottish Festival I came across a book about the reivers and was intrigued to find out more about the border families. Many of the reivers had colorful names such as Archie Fire-the-Braes, Out-With-the-Sword, and Cleave-the-Crune. I created a few colorful names for my tale: Two-Left-Feet and the Devil's Wolf seemed an appropriate name for the hero of this tale.


***Was your story based on a true life event and how much research did you need to do?
Cheryl: All my stories are based on historical things that have happened. This one didn’t need a lot of research because being born and raised in Oklahoma, we are taught about the Removal and Trail of Tears through all school grades as part of our Oklahoma history. My great grandfather was Scotch-Irish, and I have a great grandmother who was Cherokee, and another great grandfather who was Choctaw. So my stories are a mixture of history and true life events and people.
Miriam Newman: No, it wasn’t. Most of the research I needed was already in my head




Kate Kindle: I did hours of reading on the web, in addition to an onsite visit to the coal mines. Yes, this is a fact-based story.



Karen Michelle Nutt:
They Along the Scotland and England borders, the lawless period of reivers organized their family groups to steal from their neighboring clansmen.The
Maxwells were the strongest family in the Scottish West March until the Johnstones reduced their power in the sixteenth century. The feud between the Johnstones and the Maxwells was the longest and the bloodiest in history.


***What are your hero and heroine’s first impressions of each other?

Cheryl: Sabrina is a volunteer nurse in a Confederate hospital. She is appalled at the treatment of wounded Union prisoner Jason McCain. If she doesn’t bring him home with her where he will get the treatment he needs, he will surely die. When Jason comes to, through his fevered haze, he thinks Sabrina is an angel.



Miriam: As in so many tales of this type, they were nearly magically drawn to one another and love was instant—a deeply fatal attraction.




Kate: First impression? Hmmm. Well, Maddy and Jack were lifelong best friends. She admired his courage. He liked her for her friendship and concern for him when he was a young boy in the mines. Later, of course, his innate courage and spunk, and his good looks, made him the alpha male whom Maddy realizes she has fallen in love with. As for Jack, he realized Maddy was a beauty now, and his warmth for her became desire.

Karen : At a Scottish Festival I came across a book about the reivers and was intrigued to find out more about the border families. Many of the reivers had colorful names such as Archie Fire-the-Braes, Out-With-the-Sword, and Cleave-the-Crune. I created a few colorful names for my tale: Two-Left-Feet and the Devil's Wolf seemed an appropriate name for the hero of this tale.

***Tell the readers where they can find you:


Cheryl Pierson: Website: www.cherylpierson.com

E-mail: fabkat_edit@yahoo.com I love to hear from readers and other writers!



Miriam Newman:
At my website, www.miriamnewman.com and at both my

Kate Kindle: You are welcome to visit at my blog: kindlecloudnine.blogspot.com. You can find my print book, Angel's Requiem: Amazon




Karen Michelle Nutt: Website: http://www.kmnbooks.com

Blog: Here at KMN Books Blogspot







I hope you enjoyed meeting the authors of A Historical Collection.

Don't forget to stop by to read Kate Kindle's interview with Rebecca Vickery and Laura Shinn and to wish them continued growth and excitement with their company, Victory Tales Press. Kate's Blog:
The Western Saga Authors are at my website to chat about ghost towns and favorite westerns, we'd love to have you come by: http://www.kmnbooks.com
***Contest: Don't forget to leave a comment or a question at each of the blogs for your chance to win gift certificate from Victory Tales Press!

20 comments:

katekindle said... Best Blogger Tips

Well done, Karen. I really enjoyed reading this great interview! Come on over to Cloud Nine when you can, today, and give a bit of feedback there.

katekindle said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm back for more, Karen. Have already purchased, and ma beginning to enjoy, Western Saga. I'm getting hooked on wsesterns again like when I was a kid. Uh oh! These look great. Challenging, Cindy, to take on the older woman, younger man relationship.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kate!!

Cindy Carrier's tale in the Western Saga is really good. I was drawn in from the beginning. I loved it!

I'm on my way over in just a sec to your blog. :)

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey everyone,
I am here--I'll be in and out today since we are getting ready to hit the trail tomorrow for WV. Wouldn't you know it, my son's car broke down yesterday and we have a terrible leak under our kitchen sink! I'm waiting on the plumber right now. I enjoyed A HISTORICAL COLLECTION so much--so glad to have such great anthology mates, and every story in there was really good. Kate, my husband's family is from WV and his dad was a miner--he died of black lung. I used to work for the DEpt. of Labor division that handled the black lung claims when we lived out there. Your story was really good--enjoyed it so much, as I did all the others in that edition. And the Western Saga is just as wonderful. Can't say enough how much I enjoyed those stories and really, Cindy's story was so different and unexpected that it just amazed me--I can't write in first person very well. LOL Anyhow, I really enjoyed writing Jason's Angel for A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, and was so glad to give Jason and Sabrina their HEA in the end.
Cheryl

desitheblonde said... Best Blogger Tips

the books you guys write are great and i love history we here in mo have the history here and will love to read all the books

Miriam Newman said... Best Blogger Tips

Great post, Karen, and I hope the readers will enjoy this anthology. I did! Read it cover to cover when it came.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

desitheblonde,

Thanks so much for the compliment! I'm so glad you could come by today and say hello. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Miriam!

I agree, I've enjoyed the stories as well.

Cheryl,

Thanks so much for coming by. I know how busy you are. Have a wonderful holiday away!!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Ladies,

I enjoyed the Western Anthology. I haven't had the chance to read this one, but has me intrigued. :)

desitheblonde said... Best Blogger Tips

ty for the info and hope you have more to come

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

HI All,
Blogger had me locked out from leaving a comment until now. Better late than never. My problem is I have enjoyed all the stories in every anthology, but I am really into Westerns and Historicals right now. This anthology was among my favorite because of the variety. Where else can you find a Western and an Irish Myth in the same book?
Thanks to everyone who reads and supports our efforts.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved these interviews. nice to have them all in one place. I know most of the authors but I was happy to learn a bit about some who are new to me.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Sarah,

So good of you to drop in. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Rebecca,

I'm so glad blogger finally let you pop in for a hello. :)

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Karen for sharing you love of history and how it helps you write such awesome stories. I love teh westerns as they reveal how life was tough and the country was just starting develop and the people who played a part in it.
My H had an great, great great uncle who was a part of the old west specifically the gunfight at the OK Corral. I tease that we were destined to meet as my mothers birthday was on that date Oct 26th.
Thank you for the contest!

Darcy

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Yaayy!! I finally have the VTP blog working (I think).
http://victorytalespress.yolasite.com/victory-tales-press-blog.php

Drop by and leave a comment.

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

Really enjoyed learning about all of you. I love anthologies and this sounds like a really good one.
Sue B
katrus(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Sue,

Thanks so much for coming by. I'm so glad you enjoyed meeting the authors. Everyone at VTP is really wonderful. I'm glad to be a part of such a wonderful group.

I agree, I love anthologies. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Becca,

Yeah a Blog! I dropped by with a hello. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

From Kate Kindle's blog: E-book winner is Katsrus

From KMN Books blogspot: Ebook winner is Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes

From Karen Michelle Nutt Website: Print Book winner is -- Hotch1

Thank you everyone for coming by!