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There was a moment when I knew I would become a writer. I woke up in the morning as usual but my first thought was not, where’s the coffee; it was, “Virginia was standing at the window all dressed in black.” I knew there was a story there.

I started to write. I began to research. You see, Virginia was wearing a dress from the Civil War Era. I still am not sure why that era picked me or why my subconscious mind gravitated in that direction. Whatever the reason, my novel remains set in the period just prior to the Civil War.

It, the story, has morphed at least a dozen times. Usually as characters explain to me who they are and what they’re thinking. In this case, I had a minor character named Mamie. Not a side-kick character. Actually she is Virginia’s sister by another mother.

As time went on, Mamie’s became the dominant voice. She grew increasingly louder. Somewhat like a child trying to get its mother’s attention. I listened. Instead of forcing my story on her, I let her tell me her story. What a story she had to tell. Virginia, somewhere along the way choose to die. I know, sad. I will always be grateful to her for starting me on the path. Who knows, she may incarnate into another character in another story.

I often wondered as a reader how writers come up with story ideas. I know some are planners, some just start writing. For me, it’s a line or a picture that pops into my head unexpectedly. Mamie’s story is nearly at an end. I should complete it this next month. I have been editing and rewriting. I am hoping to publish by early next year.

Next time you hear a voice speak to you out of the blue, don’t ignore it. It might be a 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 on Kindle Unlimited; 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 am 59 and married 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 Doestoyefsky. 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 the Midwest United States with my husband, Chris and my dog, Max.

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