Please join me in welcoming the delightfully wonderful Laura Frantz to the blog today to chat about her new novel An Uncommon Woman!
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. She is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.
AN UNCOMMON WOMAN
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance
RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2020
Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.
Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.
Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.
Hi dear Laura! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: What sparked the idea for An Uncommon Woman?
Laura: I’ve long been fascinated by Indian captivity narratives and thought it would be interesting to create characters who have been shaped by that life-altering circumstance.
Carrie: I’m fascinated by that too!
Q: This book is written after the French and Indian War. How did you become interested in this time period in particular?
Laura: This time period is a roiling one, rife with conflict and larger-than-life figures who built America. So much of our founding history has been lost or is unknown, yet it contains such amazing material for novels today.
Carrie: Yes!! So true – and I’m delighted that you write those novels 🙂
Q: You are always so meticulous in your historical homework, so to speak. What type of research was required for writing An Uncommon Woman?
Laura: I read as many Indian captivity stories as I could, both fiction and nonfiction. I delved into the historical records for Jemima Boone, Mary Draper Ingles, and others who survived such events and even thrived in very hostile, heartbreaking situations.
Carrie: I knew there would be a Boone connection somewhere 😉
Q: One of the main characters, Clay Tygart, was raised by Lenape Indians. Can you tell us a little about his backstory?
Laura: Clay is a conundrum of a frontiersman, born to Pennsylvania Quakers (Friends), captured and raised by Lenape/Delaware Indians, then redeemed and returned to white society. He is at war within himself, taking command of a fort named in his honor as a hero of the French and Indian War, yet desiring peace at all costs on a very embittered, embattled frontier.
Carrie: yeah that would be a conundrum of influences & personalities for sure!
Q: What do you love most about writing historical fiction?
Laura: Preserving history is such a privilege and pleasure. Breathing life into actual events and people through fiction in a day when we’ve lost touch with our roots keeps me researching and writing.
Carrie: I think so many love READING it for those same reasons ♥
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from An Uncommon Woman?
Laura: The dedication page of this novel contains words from the ancient hymn Be Thou My Vision. My hope is that no matter what life hands us, we as believers can stand firm and say:
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Carrie: Such a beautiful hymn – I walked down the aisle to it at our wedding…
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Laura: I leap back a century to 1634 with this next novel, set in James Towne, Virginia. And I thought the eighteenth century was conflicted!
Carrie: oh yay! Can’t wait!
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What about you? What interests you most about An Uncommon Woman and/or Laura Frantz?