Finding Fact Inside the Fiction
All authors have their ‘favorite things’ when it comes to telling a story. My personal favorite is the use of very real locations and/or events where I can place my characters in situations that actually occurred.
Being the daughter of a research librarian, I have always loved history. And when it comes to the angel/warrior team whose job it is to save and protect others, there are many historical events that can be used to prove a point or show them ‘at work.’
When I chose to place Emily and Matthew in NYC at the time of ‘The Gilded Age,’ I wanted to bring one of my characters over from another country with a background story that readers would be interested to know about. The Khodynka Tragedy was something that sprang to mind because of another book I was working on that involved the very real ‘crazy man’ Rasputin, who had his own hand in the demise of Tsar Nicholas II.
In 1896, on Khodynka Field in Moscow, festivities had been put together to celebrate the coronation of the new Tsar. The people were excited and some even traveled for miles in order to be a part of the big event. There were theaters built, buffets (over 150) erected, pubs built from the ground up, as well as gifts to distribute to the crowd. These gifts were rumored to be everything from sausage to pretzels to a memorial cup, bread rolls – food that would have been a true gift for these extremely poor people.
Everyone was so excited that very early that morning they gathered for the celebration. Unfortunately, when over half a million had arrived, a rumor was spread that there wasn’t enough in the way of food and gifts to be given out to everyone, and a riot was born. 1,800 police could not maintain order, and in a catastrophic crush, and the resulting panic to flee the field, 1,389 people were trampled to death.
That very night Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, attended a huge ball celebrating the coronation. Although the government did give aid to the people, having their leader attend a ball on the same day that his followers had met a tragic death, made many mystics say that Nicholas II would end up doomed. The mystics, of course, were correct.
Having my character in the midst of something so famous and frightening was incredibly interesting to me. When historical fact is placed into a fictional novel it almost feels as if the reader was there that fateful day; it makes the story seem real and allows the emotions to truly flow.
I hope all readers like Matthew and Emily’s second coming, because I absolutely loved writing it!
Until Next Time, Everybody,
– Read Along –
Anya remained silent and studied the woman’s violet gaze. The stranger had a blush in her cheeks from the warmth of the fire and her unusual eyes sparkled under a mass of curly blonde hair. She was wearing a robe, but a fair amount of alabaster skin peeked through the fabric. Anya couldn’t help but smile; she suddenly felt as if she’d known the woman for years. “Never met a rebel?”she laughed.
Anya stumbled, her Russian words mixed with English inside her head as she tried to understand the woman’s slow, accented speech. “I’m sorry?”
“No need to be. I expect you don’t get many Georgians in…where you from again, honey?”
“Goodness; that is a ways.” She smiled sweetly. “You’re not one of them anarchists they all talk about, are ya?”
Anya’s blood boiled. “Absolutely not! I would never harm anyone—not even a government that harmed me. I’ve proven that more than once in my lifetime.”
“Whoa, girl. Whoa.” The lady raised her perfectly manicured fingers into the air and waved them like a flag. “I was just kiddin’.”
Anya turned away and started to unpack the books and small mementos she’d carried with her from a distant world.
– The Books –
Synopsis: How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
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Synopsis: The Beloved Angel/Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!
The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.
– Giveaway –
– The Author –
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
– Rest of The Tour –