Yea! I'm so excited to be able to host this Q&A with Susan May Warren and book giveaway!
How did this book come about?
I love history and especially the gilded age and longed to write a story set in this era. However, I love stories set with a biblical theme, so I applied the story of Jacob and Esau to two sisters living in the gilded age, with everything available to them but love. What lengths would they go to in order to find their happily ever after?
How did you weave fact and fiction in Heiress?
I try and weave as much fact into a story as possible – so all the research, from the houses, the clothing, the food, the lifestyle of the high society set is factual, as is the layout of the New York Chronicle (aka the Herald) as well as the life of the copper miners in Butte, Montana. The dinner with Roosevelt is factual, as well as the information about the buffalo herd. I took actual accounts of mine disasters as I plotted the catastrophes, and even took headlines from the New York Herald to craft the final plot.
How much research did you do for this story?
Reams. Everything required research,from the way they spoke, the food they ate, the customs of the times to the layout of the homes in 1890 NYC. I invested in a number of gilded age books and read about the lives of the Vanderbilts, the Astors and even Emily Post.
What do you hope the reader takes away with them after reading Heiress?
That God’s blessing doesn’t necessarily translate into wealth, and that it’s something deeper, something received because of His great love for us and nothing that we can do.
What is the next project you’re working on?
I just finished Baroness, the store of Rosie and Lilly, the daughters of Esme and Jinx. It’s due out in February2012. And my Christmas novella has just release, Baby, It's Cold Outside.
What do you do when you're not writing or when you need a break?
Watch Football. Or take a walk.
One randomly selected winner will receive a copy of Heiress! I loved this book (you can read my review here) and highly recommend it!
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