“From the very first page, A Moonbow Night charmed me into its story, a story as earthy, rugged, and beguiling as the early American terrain upon which it has been laid. The book offers everything this reader wants: fidelity to history with rich, sensory details of time and place; names we’ve known fleetingly from the annals of the past who quicken on the page; fictional friends for whose happiness and romantic redemption we yearn. Tempe is a Kentucky heroine worth our time and heart’s investment—a waif on the outside, steel on the inside, kind in every situation. In Sion we find a hero worthy of the title, willing to grapple with his past to own his present and claim his lady. The plot is complex, tense, and layered and resolves in a most satisfying conclusion. This remarkable, elegantly written novel pulses with life and is a must-read for all who love historical romance.”
Author Interview 1: Laura Frantz
Can you briefly describe your new novel?
A Moonbow Night’s plot pivots around a little-known incident in the life of Daniel Boone, one that has fascinated me since childhood. Add a bit of romance and suspense and you have a story that I hope is as intriguing as the book’s title.
You’re praised as a historical romance novelist. What do you like most about this genre?
I like happily ever afters. Real life doesn’t always give us happy endings, so it’s a joy to bring that about for readers through story. My characters often endure a bumpy ride, but I always promise an ending that satisfies heart and soul.
What do you hope readers learn about love from A Moonbow Night?
That true, lasting love is enduring—the embodiment of 1 Corinthians 13—and is not dependent on circumstances or the passage of time.
Where do you find inspiration for your characters? Which character of A Moonbow Night was most inspiring to you?
I love both Tempe Tucker and Sion Morgan because of their fearlessness, a trait that was a necessity on the frontier. Cowardly men and women were often ridiculed and run out of pioneer settlements. I knew when writing these characters that they could not be faint of heart. Inspiration comes easy, thankfully. I only have to read biographies of famous historical figures or history books to find incredible character templates. The possibilities are endless!
Though in a different time period, the Kentucke setting of A Moonbow Night is your home. What was the most exciting part of writing about your home state? What was the most challenging part?
Kentucky history is so rich and evocative that it makes a wonderful foundation for a novel. The setting for this particular story is one of the state’s most idyllic spots, Cumberland Falls. Only two places in the world are known to have a moonbow—a nocturnal rainbow—and Cumberland Falls is one of them.
The most challenging part of writing about eighteenth-century Kentucke is adding real historical figures to the plot. How did they think? Act? Speak? I can only surmise, but perhaps that’s what makes fiction so fun!
Can you give us a sneak peek into your next novel?
I return to colonial Virginia on the very eve of the American Revolution. My heroine is Lady Liberty, daughter of a British lord, and her Welsh hero is a patriot who is wanted by the Crown for treason. Historical fireworks!
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