Hi Penelope

Welcome.

How did you come up with your title?
In Luke 6:29 Jesus said, "To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well…" (NAB) In Romans 12:17 Paul wrote, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." The hero in Patriot's Courage seeks revenge, but finds killing Indians doesn't offer him peace. True courage can mean walking away from a fight. True courage seeks peace.
What is your next project?
I intend to move ahead to 1903 in my next story, which will be set along the Jersey shore I love so much. At the beginning of the twentieth century, women started to work outside the home and gained some freedom, but they were limited in their choice of occupations. Women had a long way to go.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What was it?
In the research for Patriot's Courage, I learned a great deal about the plight of the Native Americans and realized how the tensions between the settlers and the tribes escalated. The sad history of continued retaliation made anything but temporary peace inevitable.

Do you have advice for other writers?
My advice for other writers is not to allow fear to hold you back. Write the story you want to write. Don't think about whether it's worthy of publication. Don't worry about whether you'll make money. Most of all do not allow ourself to think you are wasting your time. Just do it!

and lets have some fun with a spotlight on your hero from Patriot's Courage

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself
My twin, Lewis, and I decided to use my father's promissory note for land in the Ohio Territory. We were young and it seemed like a great way to start out on our own.
Where do you live, and why do you choose to live there?
We grew up in New Jersey, but we traveled out to the Ohio Territory. It was actually Lewis's idea. He was always more daring than me. My father's promissory note from the War for Independence was for one hundred acres. We didn't get that much, but we found farming was difficult.
What is a quirk of your personality that people don't know?
I enjoyed book learning. My cousin's husband taught me Latin. He thought I should further my education and go to college, but Lewis wanted adventure. Lewis was full of fun and outgoing, which I wasn't. We were close and I couldn't imagine life without him.
What obstacles did you overcome in order to reach your happily-ever-after?
I never knew real danger until I joined General Wayne's troops. I joined for the wrong reason. I wanted to kill Indians. I soon learned how awful war can be. But I would never have met Nellie if I wasn't in the Battle of the Fallen Timbers. Still, it was along time before I was able to make Nellie my wife. It involved a great deal of patience and fortitude–along with an amazing amount of luck and countless prayers.
Tell us about your special romantic interest. What makes them so special?
Nellie is sweet but strong and quite intelligent. Her loyalty to her family and friends knows no bounds.
The first time you saw your special person, what did you think? Was it love at first sight or did they have to grow on you?
The first time I saw Nellie, she was in terrible distress and I hated to see her suffering–even though I was partly to blame for what happened. My affection for her grew when I was assigned to teach her English. Whenever she smiled, it was as if the sun shone right in my heart.

 

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