I remember this moment.

It was when I sat down at my computer with nothing in my head to write about.

I just started with where I thought I wanted to go and sure enough, within moments my character Bella had taken control of my thoughts.

This character, Bella, or to use her full name, Julia Isabella Garrison, at least so far, has been taking me on a wild ride lately.  Originally, she was a way to enter into the story in an interesting yet easy way.  Now, she, along with Mamie, are the two main characters.

Bella is present day protagonist and Mamie is the Civil War era protagonist.  I have a dual story line going, which also was an afterthought.  I fought the idea of a dual storyline for a long time but Bella just keeps popping up. She always has something to say.  Always

But, I’m liking it more and more.  I’m being moved into a sort of paranormal story line.  I had rejected this awhile back but you know how those pesky characters can be. Bella would not give up and I found myself continually writing about strange noises and sensing something in the air

Yesterday, I don’t think I did my best writing but I stuck with it. Why? Because Bella intrigues me.

In the end, end of the story that is, I may have to break it up into two books. I’m putting that decision off for now. It is clear though, that Bella has much more to say. I may end up with a two book series.

Ok. Well, happy July 4th to all my fellow Americans.

Everyone else, have a great day.

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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