*******Winners of the giveaway: Rhonda Nash-Hall won a $5 Amazon gift card & Marguerite gray won an ebook copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter. Enjoy!
Hi Carrie! Thank you for joining us this morning to celebrate your book Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter over coffee. I have my coffee ready and I am excited to hear why you chose this time period for your book.
In Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, I picked the mid-1700s for the story. There’s a reason I chose that time frame, which isn’t one you commonly see in Christian fiction. I love the colonial p
eriod, especially since I live in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, where so much colonial history happened! Most stories seem to occur near the time of, or during, the American Revolution. This particular story, though, which already had so much tension in it, would have been overwhelmed by setting it during wartime.
There is a balance in storytelling between tension, pacing, setting, and characterization and story. If your novel has unremitting tension, you lose the reader through fatigue. An author is hoping readers will be emotionally invested in the characters. If you never give the reader an emotional rest from too much tension, they feel worn out by too much activity. Some authors have techniques they use to avoid this, for example alternating a less stressful chapter with one fraught with danger.
Since my character, Suzanne, was already facing danger and potentially loss of life, I had to be careful where I’d “take” her. She leaves France, which has become dangerous for her, to a more bucolic setting. But just when things seem calm, something happens that changes everything and that according to the research I did, historically did happen during that time period. Bringing her from the Palatinate of German to the colonies, would it have been right to carry her into the American Revolution.
Well, entering ports during the Revolutionary War was tricky. And most of those Palatinate immigrants weren’t coming here during that time. So that made it easier to stick with what was historically correct. But from a tension aspect, to take the reader to the end and drop my hero and heroine into the war seemed “wrong” and so I didn’t consider that for long.
I was also looking at this story as being the first in a series, with this novel being just before the French-Indian War. So some of the set up in this story, with Colonel Christy in Philadelphia, is preparing the reader for the following stories which will be set during wartime. Those stories, of course, have to also balance out so that the tension from the war jives with the storyline and characterization.
So, if you’ve thought you haven’t read many stories in this time frame there is a reason for that. Placing a story against a background of war gives it instant tension. Since my story begins in Europe, my heroine already had a bucketload of tension occurring because of what wa
s still happening in France with Huguenots and some of what was still happening in the Palatinate because of their tolerance of Protestant immigrants.
So. . . that’s why I chose my unusual time period for this book! Now, I’d love a cup of café au lait (but make that coconut milk, please)! Glad to join you here this afternoon!!!
Giveaway! To celebrate Carrie’s time with us, Celebrate Lit is hosting a two Giveaways – one $5 Amazon gift card and one ebook copy of Carrie’s book Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter. Comment below answering what your favorite time period to be entered to win. Share this post on Facebook and let us know in a comment for an extra entry. This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on Monday, June 6.
Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter is on tour with Celebrate Lit through June 6! See Carrie’s guest post, view the blog stops, and enter the Kindle Fire giveaway by clicking here.
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
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