Next Big Thing Blog Hop

What’s is Mrs. Hale’s Receipts for the Millions 1857?

4094. The Author. Give yourself the natural rein/ think on no pattern, no patron, no paper, no press, no public; think on nothing but follow your own impulses.

Once Again Blogging & Hopping

Thanks Pam Beason for the invite. Be sure to check her out.

Here are the answers to questions about one of my WIPs.

What is the working title of your book?English Camp at dusk2

Mist-shi-mus: A novel of captivity

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always wanted to write about Hawaiians in the NW and use the backdrop of the Pig War.

What genre does your book fall under?


Which actors would you choose to play you in a movie rendition?

I would love the actress who played Sybil on Downton Abbey to play Jeannie Naughton. A younger Daniel Day Lewis for Jonas.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?s

Seeking answers to a growing mystery, a recently widowed woman embarks on a journey to find the lover she thought murdered years before, unaware that she is stirring up an old struggle of power and revenge at which she is the heart.

Image129Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I need to do some more revisions before I send it out again. May try both ways. Agents at conferences have been interested.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About a year and a half. Research is always going on as well as developing scenes. It’s in its fourth draft. Technically done, but I need to restructure it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

MM Kaye’s Shadow on the Moon.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The history of Hawaiians in the Pacific NW. I first heard about them after moving from Hilo, HI to the NW in the late 1970s. A long time research project of mine. Hawaiians first came in 1793 then settled in the Village at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia Commissary and blockhouseRiver in 1820s. My characters are up on San Juan Island when Hudson Bay’s Company set up sheep stations on the island in the 1850s. Friday’s Harbor was settled by Joe Friday, a shephard for HBC. Today it’s a lovely village.

The twelve year joint occupation of the island by American soldiers and English Royal Marines is also running through the story as well as the northern Indians who came to work and sometime terrorize local Indian tribal communities.

Thanks for coming by!


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