Yes. I seem to have solved a major part of the problem with my novel. I realized that I needed to make the interracial relationship at the core of the story have more issues. Give the lovers more at stake and make one seen more emotional.

This particular scene involved a cross burning and so I added the burning down of the cabin. When I told my (black) husband about it, he said that was mighty white of me. Lol

Reading about the “Black Codes” of the 1865-66 years, which are the years my story takes place. It would take too long to go into an explanation here but suffice to say, for the most part, they were old slave laws reworded to keep free blacks from gaining too much advantage from their freedom. Please google if interested. Many good articles.

I am happy with the additions I’ve made and am now on my way to finishing my first draft. Yay!!!!!!

My ancestors, even the illusive ones, would be proud of me. I hope. It’s partly, even in a small way, their story.

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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