August 22, 2011

Resurrecting a Historical Figure ~ Interview with Author Sharon Ewell Foster

Right now, extra reading is not happening for me, but I did manage to start a book, a wonderful book that is on my TBR list once I finish with a major project: The Resurrection of Nat Turner by acclaimed author Sharon Ewell Foster. The first pages captivated me, and in this work, we get more than just a riveting story. We get a detailed, well-researched book that resurrects the historical figure Nat Turner, a man whose life--at least the one we know of based on history books--is not what it appears. At ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING, I interview Sharon as CLG's featured author for August, and talk to her about the research, writing, and purpose of a book that Publishers Weekly had this to say about: [The Resurrection of Nat Turner is] “fast-paced . . . nearly flawless . . . riveting and expertly told by an inspired, practiced storyteller.

About The Resurrection of Nat Turner

The truth has been buried more than one hundred years . . .

Leading a small army of slaves, Nat Turner was a man born with a mission: to set the captives free. When words failed, he ignited an uprising that left over fifty whites dead. In the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, Nat Turner stormed into history with a Bible in one hand, brandishing a sword in the other. His rebellion shined a national spotlight on slavery and the state of Virginia and divided a nation’s trust. Turner himself became a lightning rod for abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe and a terror and secret shame for slave owners.

In The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses, Nat Turner’s story is revealed through the eyes and minds of slaves and masters, friends and foes. In their words is the truth of the mystery and conspiracy of Nat Turner’s life, death, and confession.

The Resurrection of Nat Turner spans more than sixty years, sweeping from the majestic highlands of Ethiopia to the towns of Cross Keys and Jerusalem in Southampton County. Using extensive research, Sharon Ewell Foster breaks hallowed ground in this epic novel, revealing long-buried secrets about this tragic hero.

Head to ChickLitGurrl now to learn more about Sharon's journey of writing and promoting The Resurrection of Nat Turner; here's the PERMALINK!

ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING

Chocolate-caramel lattes + Women writers = ONE GREAT TIME!


Direct link to feature can be found [here].

August 8, 2011

Break Writer's Block: Become the Storyteller, Not the Protagonist ~ Latest BRP Commentary

Are you a storyteller or a protagonist? In my latest Blood-Red Pencil post, "Break Writer's Block: Become the Storyteller, Not the Protagonist," I look at these terms - "protagonist" and "storyteller" - to argue how choosing one of these roles can dictate how we might fall into the writer's block trap...and suggest ways how to avoid that trap.Check it out here, and leave comments!

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