Yes, I seem to be having a crisis of sorts. I am 191 pages into my novel and suddenly it seems like I only have half the story. Like I’m missing the whole beginning or something. How did these characters come to be where they are?

If your wondering how this all fits in with my genealogy search, it does in a loose way. It takes place in North Carolina, a place my paternal ancestry comes from. From Scotland to North Carolina during the clearances.

Some of the names I’ve used are named of actual ancestors. Usually, I named a character first and then found out I had an ancestor with that name. Subliminal suggestion? The story takes place right after the Civil War and I did have some ancestors who fought in that war.

A major theme is race relations and interracial romantic relationships. A theme I know well as I have been in one myself for 23 years and have a mixed race daughter who is 21. Of course, I wasn’t around in 1866 but that’s what research is for.

So, I’m having this crises and wondering what others do. I also have this thing about “stream of Consciousness” writing. Like, I think I’m writing Ullyses or something. Lol

Anyway, besides this crisis. Awful time of year here in Missouri for allergies. My eyes water constantly. Makes it hard to write. I’ll keep pushing on. This is my second late life career and I am loving it.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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