While looking for a topic I wanted to write about, I came across this on Pinterest.

Immediately I thought of how many times while writing my novel I was surprised by the direction the storyline took as well as the wealth of ideas that popped into my head.

I had no idea when I started if I could pull it off at all. I had written many beginnings to many novels, but never finished any. I can’t say exactly why, except that life, as it sometimes does, gets in the way.

So, I began to write “Mamie Garrison” which started out as an entirely different story. It began as a story about a woman searching for her husband who never returned from the Civil War.

Surprise #1.  A secondary character named Mamie began to talk and she had a lot to say.

Surprise #2.  When I stopped and listened to her, I found my real story. I found a story that grabbed me and intrigued me and kept me fascinated.

Surprise #3.  The story unfolded almost organically. Sometimes, as I wrote, it seemed it was not even me typing the words. I think that’s called getting in the writer’s zone.

To agree with the quote above, I surprised myself.

And I continue to be surprised at the lives “Mamie” has touched.

I hear from readers who connect with her on a deep level and I am always happy to share her.

She belongs to the world now but will always be my friend; at my side as I write the continuing saga of her family, The Garrisons.

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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