Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guest Post P.S. Bartlett

Today I want to welcome the author of Fireflies, P. S. Bartlett.  She captivated me with this book so I asked her to share with all of us today.

A Long Summer’s Journey into the Past
The idea for my newest novel, The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge, began back in October of 2013. One night I was toying with the idea of venturing a bit off of the path that I had previously travelled in historical fiction and striking out on a new adventure. I love pirate stories. There’s something about them that has always intrigued me. I enlisted the assistance of my online Facebook friends to help me name the male protagonist and the rest as they say, is history. As of this evening, my third novel is on its way through cyberspace to my publisher.
To be honest, I was nervous when I started writing this novel. I’ve read it can be career suicide if you change genres as a new writer. In my opinion, I haven’t really changed but rather slid to the side a bit. I’m still writing historical fiction but in this novel, I’ve added the elements of romance, action and adventure. After all, how can you write a pirate novel without those elements?
The Blue Diamond is about four young women who were orphaned at a young age during a Spanish raid in Charles Towne, South Carolina and they are left to fend for themselves. Through a horrible twist of fate, their small farm along the Ashley River is once again raided but this time, by Pirates. However, they aren’t children anymore. They are brave, capable young women who aren’t afraid to defend their land and their lives against invasion.
What follows is a path of freedom to live their lives on their own terms. These are four, very different but handy and formidable young women, who’ve made their own choices as to how they’ll live their lives. They’re smart, funny and unafraid to take on any challenge with the strength and vigor required to survive during the golden age of piracy. Love, lust, passion, violence and a haunting past are their daily bread but they eat it up and wash it down with an appetite for more.
I’m no longer afraid that doing this side step could be a mistake. What I’ve gained as a writer in knowing these characters and watching them come to life in my imagination has been nothing short of magical. I believe my readers will love them and want a whole lot more of them and I am more than happy to oblige!
Fireflies:
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for reviewing my first novel, Fireflies. I hope that Fireflies continues to be loved and read for many years to come, as well the prequel, Hope From the Ocean. I’m currently writing the third book in the Fireflies series and will then write the second book in the Ivory Razor Adventures series. I just want to write good historical fiction full time someday.  This is my dream coming true. I just know if I didn’t have to hold down a full time job, I’d be turning out books like wildfire. It will come but for now, no sleep and the rare and fortunate treat of being able to share my thoughts with bloggers like you, keeps me focused and dedicated to my goals.

Thank you so much for having me. It means so much more than you know.