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About R.E.W

I am author, artist, history buff, wishing to share these three passions of mine with anyone who cares to read this blog. The main drive between these three deep interests of mine is imagination.

History isn't just people and events in a dusty book. Writing isn't just words in a tome. Art isn't just random images in a photograph, sketch or painting. I'll give you examples of what they really are.

Greetings, all. Today I found this tag that looked quite fun (yes, indeed! Another tag!) and it covers questions that are due by this time. You’ve been reading quite a bit about a certain story concerning a maiden by the name of Diana, no? And you’ve probably read the names of significant others who happen to be a large part of this novel in progress. So, I shall give the official introduction to this “darling project of my heart”, which deserves to be introduced since it takes up most of my free time. Without further ado I give you . . .

Strong Hearts

{which I might add is the currently working title–I always need a substantial amount of time to work on the titles of my works in progress}

1. Who are the main characters?

The main character on whom the entire story is chiefly focused would be Diana Wayland, a fiery young woman, shaken by emotion as would a leaf by a strong wind, intensely thoughtful and who faces life with perspicacious intensity, resistant of change. She enjoys the simplicity of life and misses her childhood out of which she has just stepped, and wishes deep in her soul that the “good things would never change” . The two secondary characters, who are also focused on almost as much as Diana, are the resilient Julian Quentin and the exceedingly complex Meriwether Lewis, both of whom also prove to be somewhat antagonistic in relation to Diana throughout the story in different ways.

2. How did you get the idea for this story?

It all started with American History. Of course, considering the fact this story is historical fiction, that is expected. I got hooked by the exploring team of 1804-1806: Lewis and Clark. As an avid fan of American history in general, this fascinating time period when our young nation began its rapid growth and expansion across the North American continent held a certain thrill for me, and I quickly became engrossed with the entire story of the expedition, and the figures themselves. Specifically, Meriwether Lewis, because he was such a complex person, with his amazing accomplishments and tragic end. I was both shocked and even more intrigued by this well-known American hero, who I hadn’t heard much of before this. So really, it all started with Meriwether Lewis. I researched all I could, and slowly a picture of him formed in my mind. A man. A man with a dream. A man of ambition. A man who carried out with his dreams. A man who met a horrible, sad ending. A story slowly began to fold out. (Postscript: In Strong Hearts, I’m careful to stay true to fact where Lewis is concerned in terms of the last few years of his life after the expedition [1808/1809]–read more about him here)

Diana Wayland was born. Julian Quentin was born. The story took hold of me. I wrote several versions of it in the past few years (unfinished, mind you) except for the last one–a short, idealistic *smiles* novella that my sister and her husband are binding into a beautiful book. (YES!!!) ‘Tis called Intertwined Destinies which you can find a few excerpts of around this site.

3. What genre is this story?

‘Tis undeniably Historical Fiction. I have a fervent penchant for that genre, if you haven’t noticed. I have a section of my bookshelf specifically dedicated to Lewis and Clark–and I have at least four, if not more, books about Meriwether Lewis (and all of these include/burst with wonderful detail and description of the young nation of the U.S.)

4. Describe your book in three thoughts:

A search for the true meaning of  honor, virtue and truth. A struggle for life, liberty, justice in a young nation beginning to rise and grow in power. A perilous threat to the aforementioned Young Republic with brewing conspiracy and danger that disrupts the lives of many and proves to ruin that of others. (A rather rough threesome of thoughts)

5. The bit that describes an obscure piece of real life best:

Change can come in either subtle or thunderous ways, but in either form one tastes the bitter-sweetness of it, that tang powerful even by itself.  Oak Orchard Plantation had changed, a steady transition, altering through the years till now Diana discovered that home did not parallel with the home she had known at fifteen.  And that had occurred in the short span of seven years.  It did seem short now, a mere fleeting day, wherein people had come and gone through a hidden door, and now she woke the next morning, reviewing it with a wonder and weariness that comes after a whirlwind of events.

6. The funniest line said by a side-character thus far:

Hmm . . . interesting . . .

“He possesses such merit, and virtue, and I am to be Mrs. Hadley by the end of June.  It is such a thought that I am left with a trembling soul; you wouldn’t believe it, Di!  I can’t bear to wait to show you Mr. Hadley.  He is very kind, and extremely intelligent, mind, don’t be intimidated, pray.  His disposition is one such that allows for one to feel quite at ease, and everyone delights in his company.  You must like him, for I should be very injured if you don’t.” Diana paused in her reading, feeling sick at heart.  Mr. Hadley occupied Peg’s every thought, manifestly. And the next lines unsettled her further.

“I do recollect how I scorned any love a gentlemen could possibly express for me.  But now, don’t think me silly, I see how utterly false my derision has proved!  Such feelings ought not be reviled, as the two of us have done in years past.  We know best now, and such happiness is mine that I do not wish to return to my former contrary judgment.  Pay heed to this, Di.  To be a hoyden is most unbecoming.”

7. Your favorite piece of description:

One of my favorite pieces :)

The moon appeared on an eastern crest, lustrous orb, its silver slanting in through the overhead boughs, patches of that brilliant white color speckling the grass. Diana raised her eyes to it, catching glimpses of it through the trees.  Forsooth, she had always felt herself to belong to it—had always fondly fancied herself the goddess of the moon, like myths of yore claimed. Once upon a youth she had dreamed herself to be born in it, had sailed down the Broad River and drifted ashore, taken in by a mother wolf, nursed and weaned, then adopted by this human family. Somehow she couldn’t imagine herself to have been born at Oak Orchard. It seemed almost . . . impossible. Or at least, she didn’t belong there fully. It had always been so, though Diana had never told anyone this. Julian picked a mayflower from their bed on the grassy hillside of the Fir Mount, gave it to her . . . Diana slipped it into the folds of her glossy hair.

8.  Your biggest fear in the writing of this story:

My biggest fear . . . another period of writer’s block, that hinders the flight of my imagination to this dear place where all of my characters wait, wondering why I’m absent for so long. Writer’s block is often terrifying, for that is when the doubt sets in. Will I even finish this story? Will it be worth it? Will it be worth the effort of rewriting, editing, and possible publication?

9. Last full sentence you wrote:

Diana watched her [her sister Hester], still wondering, but later the incident faded somewhat, overshadowed by her sudden alacrity to jot down a certain rhyme—this was quite a folly, considering what would come in future days.
10.   Favorite character thus far:

Oh. Hard Question.

I really can’t answer it, for all of my characters are dear. But my favorite? That’s like asking me to choose to pick a favorite out of my own family members.

11. What books have been written or have you read that are similar in style and flavor to your novel?

Hmm . . . I would have to say Gone With the Wind in terms of flavor (plantations and the general area of the old South–Virginia), but as for style–probably L.M. Montgomery’s books. As for the story itself, well, David Nevin’s novel Meriwether helps me a lot writing it, specifically Meriwether Lewis. Nevin’s book helps me get into the personality and mentality of Lewis.

12. If it was destined to become a book on tape, who would you wish to read it?

Hmm . . . definitely someone from around here. I don’t know who, though, but they’d have to be able to do a variety of dialects and accents (Southern, French, Spanish, British . . .)


So there you have it.

My novel, Strong Hearts


And I’ll tag someone:

Meggie at Inkdrips



(picture from Pinterest)

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