Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


We're blog hopping today--linking to other authors' blogs with questions and answers about our current WIPs. I am currently working on a biographical novel about Martha Washington with her 'personal servant' Oney Judge as narrator. The story centers on how Martha and Oney both craved very different types of freedom. Oney escaped during Washington's second term and lived the rest of her life in Greenland, NH. Her story--and Martha's--are extraordinary.

1.    What is the working title of your book?

GIVE US LIBERTY, The Story of Martha Washington's Difficult, Confined Life as First Lady by her 'personal servant' Ona Judge

 2.    Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to write a bio novel about Martha but do something different. The idea to use Oney as narrator hit me like lightning one day out of the blue.

3.    What genre does your book fall under?

New Adult Historical Novel

4.    Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Mariah Carey would be Ona and Glenn Close as Martha.

5.    What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Ona Judge’s memoir of Lady Washington’s difficult life in her husband’s last term as president.

6.    Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My agent will market it to publishers.

7.    How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m still working on it—I began earlier this year and plan to finish the first draft in a week or so, I’m nearly finished.

8.    What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, Martha Washington, an American life by Patricia Brady.

9.    Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always enjoyed biographies of the First Ladies, and I now enjoy writing bio novels. I thought Martha would be a good place to start.

10.What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s told in Oney’s voice, before she escaped during Washington’s last term. It gives the reader Martha’s story as told by Oney, on their very different quests for freedom.

To see other authors on the hop, click on the following links: (more to be added later)