Emily Audley couldn’t remember when she fell in love with her neighbor, Gray Masterson. He unfortunately didn’t really notice her as a woman until the eve of his leaving to fight in the Civil War. A magical evening ensued with him asking her to wait for him. News that he’s been killed on the battlefield propels her into action. She knows he is alive she just has to find him. The only thing between her and her true love is miles of swamp land, a major war, and her own doubts. Emily wrestles with Gray’s possible death, imprisonment, or that he’s unwilling to return to her. Can a sheltered Southern Belle navigate the horrors of war to retrieve her fiancé? Emily is willing to try.
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Publisher: Secret Cravings Books
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A SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MORGAN WYATT !!
Morgan, welcome to A Bookish Libraria this morning. I'm delighted to be able to talk with you and to have my readers get to know you better. This is a new series~"Rebel Hearts"~that I hope we'll be hearing more about! Let me ask you some questions...
1) First of all, please tell us a special something about what makes you “tick.” When you aren’t writing, what are you doing? (Aside from being a dad/mom)
I love to read, and analyze situations. I really enjoy mystery parties and solving the crime. In fact, I am unsure why other people don’t figure it out right away. I think they doubt the clues they do find or see.
My hobbies would include cooking, gardening, and scrapbooking.
I also enjoy learning new things. My current new thing is racquetball.
2) You chose a specific genre, a place and time to write about, what made you choose it?
I write both in the Civil War and Reconstruction period. I am fascinated that the nation was fighting itself to some degree. Where I live people enlisted in both the Confederacy and the Union. A mother could have two sons fighting on opposite sides. Ironically, too few people had a clue what the war was about, rather like the wars of today.
Even as a youngster, I read stories about the Civil War. I particularly liked the journals and the soldiers’ letters. The men wrote amazingly well.
3) Bronte or Austen? Hemingway or Hawthorne? Why?
I liked Austen better because her tales resembled my family life more. We went for practical as opposed to brooding.
Hemingway is easier to understand by the longshot, but he didn’t do women well. Hawthorne was supposedly a big party person, and loved practical jokes. I am always looking for this in his stories. I think you find a bit of it in Young Goodman Brown.
3) In your opinion, what makes a book a great one?
You know how it ends, but there is joy every time you read it. It can be the descriptions, the dialogue, the interaction, the rise and fall of action, but it is more a combination of all of that. The Hobbit is a good example.
5) Which author(s) most influenced your love of books from childhood?
Walter Farley-The Black Stallion series.
The Biology of Belief-Bruce Lipton
Great American Ghost Stories-this is a series of regional ghost stories retold by famous authors. (Excellent resource if you are including a ghost story in your work.)
7) Choose 4 guests from any era for dinner. Who would they be and what would you choose for a topic of conversation?
George Sand-How did she feel when people praised her work thinking she was a man? Was it hard for her not to enlighten them?
Edgar Allan Poe-What was the truth behind his mysterious death?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-Why fairies? How did they give him consolation over the death of his son? Why did he despise Sherlock, and tried to kill him off?
Jayne Ann Krentz- Would she advise writers to create heroines that resemble the writer?
8) Which of your characters is most like you?
I so insert little bits of myself in all my heroines. Darla in Blind Date, who keeps her nose to the grindstone is probably most like me in that respect. Emily in Undercover Rebel expects the best of people, then is surprised when they try to cheat her, is like me too.
9) If you could cast your book for a movie, who would you choose?
Jennifer Goodwin ( Snow White in Once) would have to dye her hair blonde, but she is perfect for Emily.
Dominic Rains has the look of Gray.
10) Worst habit you have?
I say, “yes” too much, when I should say “no.” No, I can’t chair the Pumpkins for Peace Project because I have two deadlines, and guests coming in for the weekend. ( I am practicing what I should say.)
11) How much research did you do before and during writing?
I started with book four, Heading West, which is the last book in the series. I was unaware there would be a series. I researched it for about two years. When I stared writing prequels, I discover my research wasn’t correct due to things hadn’t been evented yet or were not in popular use. Twelve years made a world of difference. I had to research more during the actual writing, and editing. I also discovered the importance of using many sources, not one. I had a hard time just finding the correct match they used in that period.
12) Psychologists tell us the thing we think we’d most like to grow up to be when we’re ten years old is our avocation. What did you want to be?
We had moved to the city then, and I was in fifth grade. My teacher, Mrs. Pate, wrote in my permanent record that I was a wonderful writer. I loved her for that small note. Ironically, we ended up working together later.
Thank you for joining us today, Morgan. You're a brilliant author and I hope everyone gets a chance to read "Undercover Rebel." I loved the answers to these questions. Wish we had time to chat over lunch!
or visit Morgan at: http://www.morgankwyatt.com for more on her and her series.