I’m hosting the guest post for the book tour for historical women’s fiction “Bowery Girl”. Enjoy the guest post!
YOU WRITE WHAT?
When I’m asked what I write, I state “Women’s Historical Fiction and sometimes romance”. It’s not a category you can find. There’s Women’s Fiction and there’s Historical Fiction. But I am interested in women’s experiences in the past (there’s the Historical Fiction) and the emotional journeys they take (there’s the Women’s Fiction). The stories do not involve famous people. They explore the rest of us, and how women navigated and struggled and thrived in a specific time period. As for the romance? I’ve written a couple interactive romances for Silk Words, and in my upcoming novel, “Under the Pale Moon”, there’s a romance of sorts, but the book chronicles two women’s experiences in post-World War II America. That the main intent. It is certainly not Historical Romance, where the romance is front and center in the story.
So Women’s Historical Fiction sums it up just fine.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR STORIES?
I’m drawn to times in America of tumultuous change. My YA novel “Cissy Funk” is set in Dust Bowl Depression-era Colorado. My upcoming novel, “Under the Pale Moon” is set directly after World War II, a time of great change, particularly for women who had had jobs and responsibilities during the war and found them suddenly taken away, and the white picket fence and two children became the societal norm. “Bowery Girl” is set on the verge of the modern age – the time of the Robber Barons, and industry and expansion, the dawn of electrical light, and mass immigration.
When I’m pulled to research a specific period – always through primary sources – I ask myself what it would be like to live at that time. And a character will eventually materialize, hold out her hand and say, “Let me show you.” I love that moment.
About The Book
Author: Kim Taylor Blakemore
Genre: Women’s Historical Fiction
From WILLA Award winning author Kim Taylor Blakemore…
“…inspiring and poignant historical fiction novel that will engage readers that are looking for an insightful, yet entertaining read. ” 5/5 stars, Luxury Reader
“lends credence to the millions of historical and contemporary girls who dare to dream in the face of extraordinary challenges.” – Starred Review, Kirkus
“Gang violence, raucous carousing, sex, accidental pregnancy, and crime–not what most will expect from Victorian-era historical fiction. But that’s exactly what they’ll find in this tightly plotted novel…” – Booklist
NEW YORK, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and street urchins, Do-Gooders and charity houses, impossible goals and impossible odds. The Bowery is a place where you own nothing but your dreams. And dreams are the only things that come cheap for pickpocket Mollie Flynn and prostitute Annabelle Lee.
Pleasure is fleeting – and often stolen. Nights at Lefty Malone’s saloon, sneaking into the Thalia Theatre. Then it’s back to their airless, windowless tenement room and the ongoing struggle to keep a roof over their heads and bread in their stomachs.
The Brooklyn Bridge is nearing completion, and things are changing in New York City. The two women fantasize of starting a new life across the East River. Nothing but a flight of fancy, perhaps, until wealthy Do-Gooder Emmeline DuPre, who has opened the Cherry Street Settlement House, steps into their lives with her books, typewriters, and promises of a way to earn a respectable living. Despite Mollie and Annabelle’s fascination with the woman and what she offers, is Emmeline helping or meddling?
Is it really possible to be anything other than a Bowery Girl? Mollie and Annabelle will have to decide exactly who they are, and what sort of women they want to be.
Kim Taylor Blakemore writes women’s historical fiction and romance that explore women’s lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past.
She is the author of the novels Bowery Girl, and Cissy Funk, winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Her interactive historical romances The Very Thought of You and It Don’t Mean a Thing, are out now on Kindle and SilkWords.com.
Her current novel, Under the Pale Moon, is due for release in Fall 2015. Set in post-World War II Monterey, California, it explores the relationship of a married woman breaking the bonds of conformity, and a combat nurse haunted by the ghosts of war.
Bowery Girl (Amazon): http://amzn.to/1EVyoxs