May BlogTalkRadio Red River Writers Live Show with Peggy and Jon
May 9th's BlogTalkRadio show Red River Writers Live featured guest authors Ann Parker and Nancy E. Turner. These writers of the Victorian West transport their readers back to a raw and exciting period of American history that followed the sad, destructive period of the Civil War and its aftermath. It was a period where hope, desperation, dreams, and venture capital rushed ahead of the establishment of law, social mores and governance. This resulted in new beginnings for some and untimely endings for others, but it makes for fascinating reading.
Ann Parker will discussed her best-selling silver rush series: Silver Lies, Iron Ties and Leaden Skies. Ann lives in California, but her family ties to Leadville, Colorado obviously inspire her writing. These well-researched books clearly depict the excesses of the time and place. There was little law, people driven by war and upheaval to seek new homes or fortunes, rampant greed and relative disregard for human life. There were few niceties or services for new settlers, but for many it offered a fresh start without the social restrictions of earlier settlements. Ann Parker takes this mix and develops characters and plots to make the story interesting and the history lesson subliminal. Her fourth book in the series Mercury's Rise will be published later this year. Her website is http://annparker.net
Nancy E. Turner brings her great-grandmother, Sarah Agnes Prine, back to life in diary format, and what a woman she was! Sarah has won the hearts and admiration of thousands. She caught my eye with her advice, “A nice girl should never go anywhere without a loaded gun and a big knife." She stars in a series about the early days of settling Arizona, a truly indomitable woman. There are 300 reviews on Amazon for this series, and These is My Words, Sarah's Quilt, and A Star Garden carry a five-star ranking.
Nancy also has written The Water and The Blood, a story about a young woman's struggle to overcome the prejudice and oppressive religion of a small, southern town. Website: http://nancyeturner.net
You can listen to the recording of this program at: http://blogtalkradio.com/rradio/2011/05/09/red-river-writers-live-with-Peggy-and-Jon.