Have you lived in or near Texas all your life?
Answer: Your question made me smile. I was born and raised in Kansas and then moved 10 years ago to Montana. However, I did live for 2 years in Texas when I was a little girl. I often joke that I was there long enough to pick up a bit of a Southern drawl. For this series I did go to Texas and do research and I loved every minute of it. The folks in Texas are so awesome to work with and so open about sharing their history.
What was your inspiration to develop Chasing the Sun?
Answer: In researching about the Civil War period and Texas I was pretty amazed to see that there was great differences of opinion. There were a lot of Texas folks who supported the South, but quite a few who supported the North. Then there were those Texans who were even stronger in their loyalty and support of Texas. It made for fascinating story conflict.
How much of the story comes from personal experience?
Answer: Well I can’t really say that the story comes from personal experience, but the conflicts and problems that are created in the storyline are definitely ones that happened. In reading accounts of those who went through the time period, I found some wonderful situations to put into the story setting. It was a fascinating time and there was always a strong undercurrent of Spiritual growth present.
How much research did Chasing the Sun take?
Answer: I am always reading a researching, looking for new projects. I probably put about a year of research into this book before ever writing it, and then continued to research as I wrote.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Chasing the Sun?
Answer: As I mentioned before, I was fascinated to see that a state that was thought of as a stalwart supporter of the Confederacy, was actually divided with those who supported the Union and others who wanted to just stay out of the war altogether. In researching territories and states during the Civil War it has been fascinating to me that the further west you went, the more the attitude by many was that the Civil War wasn’t their war to fight. I also found a lot of interesting research that dealt with the Indian Wars that were going on at the time. As the army pulled out from the western forts and went east to fight the Civil War, the west suffered uprisings and conflicts from both whites and Native Americans. This time period was a harsh and dangerous one for folks on the frontier.