The Orphan Train series was inspired by some real life events.
When friends of mine were adopting a beautiful little boy from another country, I decided to research the history of adoption. I found out some dreadful things, sadly, but I also found out about Mr. Charles Brace (a founder of the Children’s Aid Society) and the Orphan Trains from New York.
I’m sure there were some terrible experiences through the many years that the orphan trains were traveling, but there were far more success stories. At least one of the orphans went on to become President of the United States.
While reading up on it, I began to imagine the lives impacted, not only of the children, but also of the adults involved. Thus was born the idea for three young women who accompanied a trainload of orphans on their journey out West.
The prequel sets up the story. The heroine of Book 2 wasn’t supposed to be on the train. She is taking the place of the heroine of Book 1. The heroines of Books 3 & 4 fully intended to leave their New York lives behind and set up a shop in their new town. Follow along on their journeys in the Orphan Train series!
Start with Sophie, the Prequel: $0.99 for Kindle: https://amzn.to/2MUwCJ9
I recently visited the blog of a fellow author, talking about my most recent Regency release. Here’s what we talked about:
This story explo res the roller-coaster of emotions that could ensue if an arranged marriage starts off on the wrong foot. I’m always fascinated by the possibilities when a couple is forced together by circumstances. It wasn’t so uncommon throughout history. But what if there are too many factors tearing them apart? In this story, I wanted to explore how love could conquer the external and internal pressures society and we ourselves put upon relationships, but in the complicated context of the Regency era.
I did go through a phase as a child when I wanted to be a writer but I thought it was too fantastical of an idea. Then I wanted to be a vet until I realized how allergic I am to cats. Then I didn’t really know what I wanted to do except that I knew I wanted to work in an office in a brand new building in my home town – it was so big and shiny. I took a couple side trips as an executive assistant and an insurance broker before returning to my first love – the written word.
After I wrote my first book 🙂 I wrote my first book more as fulfilling a dare from my husband. I never really considered that it could be a serious pursuit. Then I fell in love with writing and the rest is history.
Editing is my least favorite. By the time I’ve gone through the manuscript 35 times I’m ready to throw it across the room. But the discovery of first draft writing is the joy that keeps me returning story after story.
A non-fiction book on marketing. There’s always something more to learn.
I don’t listen to music while I’m writing. I think it would be distracting. I find music to be very inspiring. But I don’t want to run after new ideas while I’m working on my current WIP.
Whenever the words are flowing is my favorite time of day 🙂 But I’m a morning person so first thing in the morning is usually my most productive time. I have my computer set up in one room, so that’s where most of my writing takes place. But I carry a notebook with me wherever I go so that I can jot down any notes that come to me when I’m not in front of my computer.
It really varies for me from book to book, depending on what else is happening with LIFE while I’m writing. So anywhere from two months to two years has been my experience. I have written the first draft of a full-length book in as short of time as two weeks. But then there are the edits…
What do you think? Have you read The Debutante Bride? I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂
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I realize I have been remiss in listing all of the books in the first round of this series. There are ten of us writing in the series. Mine, A Bride for Carter, was book six. There are four more to follow and we’re planning for at least one more round. Check out these great reads )
A Bride for Jeremiah by Christine Sterling
A Bride for Clay by Marianne Spitzer
A Bride for Nathan by Barbara Goss
A Bride for Abel by Cyndi Raye
A Bride for Finn by Linda Ellen
A Bride for Carter by Wendy May Andrews [mine 😉 ]
A Bride for Charles by H. L. Roberts
A Bride for Sterling by Parker J. Cole – coming soon
A Bride for Henry by P. Creeden – coming soon
A Bride for Braylon by George McVey – coming soon
This weekend will be the official launch party for a multi-author project I’m involved in. I’m really excited about the opportunity. Along with nine other authors, I’ll be writing a stand alone book in a related series. They will all be Sweet Western Historical Romances. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a little preview video:
And if you’d like to come to the FaceBook launch party, please visit our reader group and find the link in Events. There will be some great prizes!
My first book in this series launches at the end of November but book 1 is releasing next week!! There will be a new book every two weeks.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these books. And I’d love to visit with you at the FB party 🙂