Kentucky Green - The First Book I wrote - Terry Irene Blain
The first book I wrote was actually Kentucky Green. I know a lot of writers tell about the story they wrote in the first or second grade and how they always wanted to be a writer. But that’s not me. I always wanted to be a history teacher and ended up with a couple of history degrees and taught U.S. History and Western Civilization at the community college.
For me, teaching history was really story telling. All about people and places and events. How people lived, what was important to them. Everyone said, “You know all these stories? You should write a book.” Since I’m a rotten typist (and only an average speller) writing didn’t sound like too much fun. The thing that finally drove me to write was when my husband bought a computer/word processor (remember when they called it word processing?), which took away my excuse.
So being an academic, I took a writing class and learned about genres, and how popular the romance genre was. The instructor said to write what you like to read (well, duh!). I’d always read historical novels and looking back I can see that they contained a strong romance even if they weren’t ‘romantic’.
So how did I come up with Kentucky Green? I was lucky enough to grow up with a large extended Midwest family and knew a lot of family history and stories. My several times great grandmother came to Illinois from Kentucky on horseback, carrying her newborn baby in her arms. And one of my favorite historical novels was The Kentuckian by Janice Holt Giles. So Kentucky was to be the setting, and a generation later than The Kentuckians.
Being a historian, I read about Kentucky in the time I’d chosen, found details, came up with characters. I loved the research. Some of the most fun scenes to write about were when Dan teaches April about his Kentucky rifle. At one time my husband had a black powder rifle, so I knew I wanted to include a scene with the rifle.
Being my first book, it went through a lot of revisions and re-writing while I leaned the craft. Now I’m lucky enough to share my stories with readers like you. I hope you’ll enjoy Kentucky Green.
April Williamson’s heart calls her across the frontier, but only one man—a handsome army scout with a tormented past—can get her safely to freedom.
Daniel McKenzie was an army scout—quiet, capable, handsome…and utterly unwilling to be the trail guide April Williamson needed to reach Kentucky. The Indian attack at Blue Licks was but one bitter taste of the American frontier, a massacre that had taken her father just as cholera had taken her mother. But April would not give up on her dream. At journey’s end was independence, and nothing would stand in her way.
The young widow was beautiful and determined, but the months of travel involved in her plan would be too hard. Without the general’s order Dan would have told any woman no, but April especially. His secret would destroy her—or she might destroy him. April’s kiss was like the country itself. Restless and sweet, it promised a love that denied every boundary and looked only to freedom and the future.
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Terry Irene Blain
Bio: Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Mid-western family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of ancestors’ adventures with Indians, wildlife, weather and frontier life in general, so she naturally gravitated to the study of history and completed a BA and MA then taught the subject at the college level. Married to a sailor, now retired, she’s had the chance to live in various parts of the U.S. and has traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.
“My degrees and my teaching experience make me a natural to write historical romance. Writing historical romance gives me the opportunity to pass on stories of who we are and where we come from while exploring the relationship between men and women. What could be more exciting than that?”