Hello loveys! How’s your April going? I’m super excited to have Meghan Gorecki back on the blog today. She’s so much fun! Meghan’s got a new novel releasing this month and we’re going to chat about it. Let me give you the book blurb and then we’ll hear from Meghan.
About the book:
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.
This is a story that brings the Civil War to life. With strong characters and thoroughly researched text, you can tell that Meghan poured her heart and soul into this story. And that cover! Swoon! For lovers of historical fiction–especially the Civil War time period (raises hand, guilty of a Gone with the Wind obsession! Who’s with me?)–you’ll appreciate this epic novel that’s the first in a series to come.
Interview with Meghan
1. What was the inspiration behind this story?
The history, and how the North’s side of things in the war rarely gets shown in historical texts and in fiction. Not to mention the strength and tenacity of the women who kept living and living well under dire circumstances they’d never had to face before when their men enlisted and left them for months or years on end. The stories shown in old letters or journals of how families rallied so well and supported each other through their world being at war, are stories that can and should be honored through fiction that points to the One who holds time, and hearts, in His hands.
- Were any of the characters inspired by real people?
YES! The sisters—all of them but Louisa—were inspired by my own. Sara’s two years younger than me, and Anna eleven years younger. They keep me grounded and down to earth—and always laughing. And they are there for me when it counts, without fail.
- What kind of research goes into this kind of historical novel?
Years worth. LOL I’ve always loved the Civil War era and cannot get enough of it, so researching this novel was part immersion for months, then whittling down the piles of research to the Absolutely Necessary Details and Plot Points, to researching during the writing to triple check for accuracy. It’s honestly my favorite part of writing.
- Which character did you connect to most?
Probably Margaret. She cares so deeply, and has her identity so (wrongly) rooted in superficial or external things, instead of the One who created her, which causes all sorts of issues and pressures for the resident control-freak of the story. But, as we do so often in life, she learns how to surrender and let go the hard way.
- When you’re writing, what snacks/drinks/music do you usually have around you to keep you going?
Coffee and tea in intervals, oftentimes something super salty or mildly sweet to munch on (think popcorn and Swedish fish), and I have my trusty Spotify playlists of book soundtrack, or synesthia/instrumental music if I really need to focus.
- When you’re not writing, what do you most like to do for fun?
Be around people! LOL Writing’s very solitary, so when I’m not on deadline (tearing my hair out) I try and spend as much time with my people as I can. Movies, catching up on reading, being out in nature if the weather’s nice, things like that.
Thank you so much, Meghan! And congratulations on this beautiful book release. I’m so happy for you!
Here’s more about Meghan:
Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.