Beth Trissel writes for two lines at The Wild Rose Press: American and Faery Rose. She’s chosen to focus this post on American Rose because she is most deeply drawn to it.
I am passionate about the past, particularly early America. My fascination with stirring tales of the colonial frontier and Eastern Woodland Indians is an early and abiding one. My English/Scot-Irish ancestors were among the first settlers of the Shenandoah Valley and had family members killed and captured by the Indians. Some individuals returned and left intriguing accounts of their captivity, while others disappeared without a trace.
This absorption with Colonial America also extends to the high drama of the Revolution. My ancestors fought and loved on both sides of that sweeping conflict. My research into the Southern face of the war was partly inspired by my great-great-great grandfather, Sam Houston, uncle of the famous Sam, who kept a journal of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, 1781, that is used by historians today.
Moreover, I am ever intrigued by ghost stories, and Virginia has more tales than any other state. I find myself asking if the folk who’ve gone before us are truly gone, or do some still have unfinished business in this realm? And what of the young lovers whose time was tragically cut short, do they somehow find a way? Love conquers all, so I answer ‘yes.’
I’ve been writing novels for going on 14 yrs. Before being published by the Wild Rose Press, I finaled in a number of RWA chapter contests, won several, and was a 2008 Golden Heart finalist. I have four novels out with TWRP, a free read, and am one of the authors in the upcoming American Rose Christmas Anthology.
I had a big May at The Wild Rose Press with the release of three major novels that took years to write but all came out within weeks of each other. Two of them, Enemy of the King and Through the Fire, are American Rose releases. Even though Daughter of the Wind is a Faery Rose, it has a strong American historical base.
1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor’s death fighting for Jeremiah? If Captain Vaughan snatches her away, he won’t give her a choice.South Carolina, spies and intrigue, a vindictive ghost, the battle of King’s Mountain, Patriots and Tories, pounding adventure, pulsing romance…ENEMY OF THE KING.
During the French and Indian War, a young English widow ventures into the colonial frontier in search of a fresh start. She never expects to find it in the arms of the half-Shawnee, half-French warrior who makes her his prisoner in the raging battle to possess a continent––or to be aided by a mysterious white wolf and a holy man.The French and Indian War, a Shawnee warrior, an English lady,blood vengeance, deadly pursuit, primal, powerful, passionate…THROUGH THE FIRE
Writer Tip: Write what you love because you are going to be doing it for a very long time. Revise, rework, polish those stories and hone the craft. Be receptive to good constructive criticism. I’ve balked initially, but benefited from it over the years.
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