If you like to read historical fiction, you will enjoy reading Author/Speaker Elaine Marie Cooper’s novels
Welcome Elaine. I read where you described yourself as a geek.
Yes, I’m definitely a history geek because delving into the little known facts of our American History is pure fun for me. My bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution. I became fascinated with this era when I was growing up in Massachusetts.
You have two award-winning books, Fields of the Fatherless, a Young Adult historical book and Bethany’s Calendar, which is a memoir of your daughter’s battle with brain cancer.
Before we talk about your historical writing, tell us about your book, Bethany’s Calendar. This book released in December 2014, correct?
Yes. My world was turned upside down in January of 2002 when my then 23-year-old daughter was rushed to the local emergency room and subsequently diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. My husband and I took care of her for a year and nine months in our home. While we hoped and prayed that she would recover, the Lord had other plans. Bethany’s Calendar covers each month of her illness, what she went through and what our family went through. I did not hold back on the fears we experienced nor the faith that God helped strengthen in us during that time. It was an emotional journey that still brings tears to my eyes. Yet I know someday I will see her again. Praise God.
That must have been a hard book to write. Your passion for your family and your faith played a big part in this time of your life I am sure.
Without my faith in the Lord, I’m not sure I would have survived this event. It was very painful to write Bethany’s Calendar yet the Lord made it clear to me that He wanted me to do so. Since it’s release, I have heard from numerous readers who thank me for sharing this story. That’s when I realize how important my daughter’s testimony is and how her legacy still lives on.
Your most recent publication is Road to Deer Run, a historical romance set in Colonial America in 1777. It is Book 1 of the Deer Run Saga and this will be followed by Promise of Deer Run in June 2016. Legacy of Deer Run in December 2016 and Saratoga Letters will release in October 2016 and will be a historical romantic suspense set in both 1777 and 1977.
This is very exciting to learn what you have in store for your fans.
Tell us about your book, Fields of the Fatherless.
This book was the winner of the 2014 Selah Award, YA Fiction; the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best Religious Fiction; and winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Best YA Religious Fiction. It is also based on a true story.
The real events depicted in Fields of the Fatherless actually occurred right down the street from where I grew up in Arlington, MA. I never forgot the old house on the corner and, as an adult, decided to find out about its history. Well that piqued this writer’s interest and I knew it was a story worth telling.
Here is the synopsis:
In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?
Next Road to Deer Run Released. Give us some background on this one.
This book is actually inspired by my own 4th great grandparents during the American Revolution. It definitely made the writing a personal endeavor! Here is the synopsis:
The year is 1777 and the war has already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a nineteen-year-old colonial woman from Massachusetts. Her brother, Asa is dead — killed by the King’s army—so when she stumbles across a wounded British soldier, her sense of right and wrong is challenged. Should she help a soldier of the enemy who took her brother’s life, or let him die, cold and alone?
The war has also broken British soldier Daniel Lowe’s spirit. A severely wounded prisoner of war, he escaped his rebel captors while on a death march to Boston. As the pain in his injured leg worsens, he wonders if the young woman looking down at him is an angel or the enemy.
Need and compassion bring these two young lives together, but will the bitterness of war keep them apart? Or can they find their way to love and forgiveness on the Road to Deer Run?
These were great books, especially for those of us who like historical fiction set in these periods.
Thank you so much. I personally love to read historical fiction as well!
Thank you so much for dropping by to visit with us. I know your fans are excited to hear you have books coming out this year.
Thanks so much for having me as your guest!
Keep us posted on your books.
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Until next time, Happy Reading.