Yesterday, I wrote a detailed review of the novel 'Until That Distant Day' on my blog, which you can check out right here. As it is, today I have the special pleasure of being part of the launch tour for this novel, and of featuring Jill Stengl, the award-winning author of this French-Revolution saga on Fullness of Joy blog among many other lovely blogs. This is a very special novel, and am really excited for others to enjoy it as well. In this post, there is a fabulous giveaway which you must not miss out on, and also, I was delighted to have the opportunity to ask Mrs. Stengl a question regarding her book and receive her insightful response which you can read below. But first, here is what Until That Distant Day is all about . . .
Considering that this book is set during the French Revolution-an exciting and rich era for any history-buff!--how did you manage your research, and what helped you weave the threads of history, with your own story together into the making of 'Until That Distant Day'?
Great question, Joy! I own some great reference books that, aside from being useful in themselves, guided me to public-domain works and eye-witness accounts available on the Internet. One major difficulty I faced was choosing when to begin and end this book. I first attempted to bite off too large a chunk of history, which made the story thin. After cutting it down to a three-month period, I was able to focus more on how unfolding events affected my major characters. This involved entering Colette’s world in medias res: complex interlinking relationships already exist among the various characters, major romances in the book have already begun to develop, and several crucial interpersonal conflicts occur or begin in the first few chapters.
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This is one of the many special stops Jill Stengl will be doing throughout this week as part of the launch of her novel. To keep tuned to the wonderful posts on different blogs as they come, here is the . . .