The Renegade Wife
Caroline Warfield, author of The Renegade Wife, has stopped by to answer the question of ‘Why do you write?’
Take it away Caroline.
Why I write:
History gets me Jazzed. Whenever I write a novel, I have to guard against history leading my down all sorts of side paths and interesting, but not necessarily productive directions. This is particularly true when writing romance; I can’t let the historical setting swamp the relationship building.
I look for places to put my “overflow.” Since writing The Renegade Wife I’ve also written essays and blog posts on: the counterfeiting of coins, the Reform Act of 1832, The Bristol Riots of 1831, William IV, Colonel John By and his Rideau Canal, 19th century firearms, and even child selling and the rights of mothers.
I especially like history at the level of everyman. In our house, we say that my beloved is a genealogist, but I’m a micro-historian. It’s a fine distinction, and it leads to what fascinates me the most. Much of history is at its root about people trying to care for their families, about migration and economic pressures.
What really drives my stories is family. People are interesting, but family is where they change and grow. Families tend to be messy and rarely without conflict, no matter how well intended the members. Most people go into adulthood with plenty to work out.
Mining potential childhood and family issues for internal conflict is catnip to a fiction writer. When I put two complex flawed characters, each with very different sets of issues and surround them with family—interfering but well meaning, dysfunctional and abusive, or merely neglectful and selfish—I have the makings of a story. Put those very specific individuals down in a very specific historical world, and I’m cooking.
In The Renegade Wife, the hero has run half way across the world to Canada because of conflict with his cousin. The sympathy and support of his sister made it worse. Once he becomes involved with the heroine, he’s forced to return to England and sort out his old conflicts in the heart of family.
What sort of motivation to you like to see in a hero? What sort of flaws? I’ll give a kindle copy of one book in my Dangerous Series to one randomly selected person who answers. You can find them here: http://www.carolinewarfield.com/bookshelf/
About the Author
Award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things: traveler, librarian, poet, raiser of children, bird watcher, Internet and Web services manager, conference speaker, indexer, tech writer, genealogist—even a nun. She reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows while she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.
About the Book
Betrayed by his cousin and the woman he loved, Rand Wheatly fled England, his dreams of a loving family shattered. He clings to his solitude in an isolated cabin in Upper Canada. Returning from a business trip to find a widow and two children squatting in his house, he flies into a rage. He wants her gone, but her children are sick and injured, and his heart is not as hard as he likes to pretend.
Meggy Blair harbors a secret, and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her children safe. She’d hopes to hide with her Ojibwa grandmother, if she can find the woman and her people. She doesn’t expect to find shelter with a quiet, solitary man, a man who lowers his defensive walls enough to let Meggy and her children in.
Their idyllic interlude is shattered when Meggy’s brutal husband appears to claim his children. She isn’t a widow, but a wife, a woman who betrayed the man she was supposed to love, just as Rand’s sweetheart betrayed him. He soon discovers why Meggy is on the run, but time is running out. To save them all, Rand must return and face his demons.
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“Let go of her, Blair, or I’ll shoot you like the dog you are. God knows you deserve it.” For untold minutes all Rand heard was the wind in the trees, and Lena’s whimper behind Pratt’s back. Even Meggy seemed to hold her breath.
Blair let go of her arm so suddenly she stumbled before running back to her children. “The slut and her children are mine, Wheatly, and that makes you a thief.”
“Get on your horse, Blair, and get out of here before I change my mind and shoot you anyway. You too, Pratt.”
Rand kept his pistol aimed at Blair while the men mounted and turn their horses to the lane. Pratt and Martin galloped up the hill and into the woods, but Blair turned half way up and pointed back at Meggy hugging the children in Rand’s doorway.
“They’re mine, Wheatly. I have a writ. I’ll be back with the magistrate and the deputy to have you jailed for resisting. Won’t your fancy relatives like that?” He turned and galloped off.
Rand eased back the hammer of his pistol, when the men cleared the trees. He slid it into a holster, jumped down, and ran to Meggy and the children, pulling all of them into an embrace. Meggy began to weep almost as soon as his hand came around her back, pulling her close with Lena between them and Drew in the crook of his arm.
“You might have killed him, and then where would we be?” she sobbed.
“You would be safe from him.”
“And you would be in jail or worse.”
He didn’t deny it. He kissed the top of her head and down her cheek.
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