I’ve thought for a few days about what I might say about bleeding and writing. Is it necessary to bare one’s soul to get a thought across?

Honestly, I go back and forth on this. For some genres, it may not be. I can only speak for myself when I say, I have found that writing about slavery and abolition required a measure of soul searching and courage that I wasn’t always prepared for.  There were scenes I knew I had to include and they were difficult and heart-wrenching to write. So much so, that there have been times while writing book 2, that I have wondered if I can go that deep again.

I must try and it’s been difficult. Thus, the delay in getting book 2 finished. I have had to take breaks during the writing of it, which I didn’t really do when writing “Mamie Garrison”.

To bleed or not to bleed, that is the question. For me, I must.

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 Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. 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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