April 17, 2011

Have you ever considered writing a book? Yes, Indeed…




Have you ever considered writing a book? If so what would it be about? Make a list of the ideas you want to cover, or the themes it might have.  If you’ve never considered writing a book, what other major work have you thought about (a movie? a symphony?). Write a paragraph or two about what you imagine it would be like.


     Have I ever considered writing a book?

     My, oh my, I’ve been working on Intertwined Love since 2000! Thus, when WordPress published the above, their Topic #99, there was no way not to respond.

     In addition to Intertwined Love, I’m working on a long short-story that might turn into a novelette. It is untitled at the moment. The intriguing stories were discovered through my genealogy research. Both have a historical template, and their characters are real persons.

     Their historicity and use of real-life characters is, in a sense, lazy writing: I don’t have to imagine already existing plot-lines. However, that laziness is counterbalanced by the fact that some of the characters are well known. Thus, I must take care to be technically accurate to maintain the story’s integrity. This is complicated by the fact that numerous documents and writings are in (old) French, and I do not know the language.


      Intertwined Love is set in 1790 to about 1825. It tells the story of post-Revolutionary War land speculators, General Henry Knox, William Duer and Madame Rosalie de Leval.  It is the story of a strong woman, Madame, who emigrates from France and tries to negotiate a large Maine land purchase from the financially irresponsible land speculators. Further information on the novel is available on its blog site,, which includes a synopsis of the novel: .

     Untitled occurs in 1673, and is set on Acquidneck Island, Rhode Island. Its intrigue lies in its suggested child abuse, elder abuse, and possibly mother murder.


     The stories are fictionalized through conversation (often taken from manuscripts and documents). Further fictionalization is injected by fleshing out the story, and filling in details not covered in the manuscripts and documents.  

     The writing has both required much research for the historical aspect, and been interrupted by “life happenstances.” But I’m plugging along.

     In addition to the novel, I am preparing a power-point programs to present to historical and genealogical societies.


     People tell me I should lay it aside again to write another about my latest life happenstance, being “discovered” by a full sibling ten years younger than I. This story would be a reader’s dream—it involves romantic twists and trysts. However, I aim to complete Intertwined Love first.

     Oh, yes, I definitely have considered writing a novel—and have acted, however slowly, on completing two.




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