Update... Update... Update... We're almost there! Saoirse is very close to it's completion and I'm so very excited! Here's the bookcover... and soon will be the book itself. I have a few more chapters to complete, several are already with my Beta Readers... Very excited!
It's been a while since I've blogged - mainly because it's something that is hard for me to consistently do, oh do I have a lot on my plate. In any case, there are many who wish to know what I'm doing, what will be done - how and when. So in this blog I'll fill you in.
|Saoirse by Mercedes Keyes|
Right now, today - my current project is Saoirse. This novel has been on the back burner for some time now. Ever since I learned of the past surrounding the Irish and their struggling through slavery, I was immediately inspired to write this fact-fiction novel. Simply speaking, I kept putting it back and delaying because of Bomaw, the Beauty of Man and Woman. Well, the time has now come for me to head first full into it - and I must say, there was a reason I waited. I needed to be in this place and time, in this state of heart and mind, to give this story justice.
As many know, all I write is interracial and so it goes without saying, this story will also carry that same theme coming from me. My leading male character is Maxmilian Euan O'Shaunessey. He came from a family well to do, but his anger and resentment toward the English landed him in the hands of the magistrate. And it is there that this story pretty much takes off.
Dear reader you must prepare yourself - this is a story that will be told in all of it's true stark boldness for the drama and events that took place back then. The following books were used for historical accuracy and my new research - they are referenced below and aided in the detail.
- White Cargo by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh
- A New World of Labor by Simon P. Newman
- The "Redlegs" of Barbados by Jill Sheppard
- White Servitude and Black Slavery In Barbados, 1627 - 1715 by Hilary McD. Beckles
- Montserrat: The Emerald Island of the Black Irish - Part 1 or 9... watch them by all means.
There was so much material out there in my research for this novel that began with Mr. James, whom I thank for planting the seed while he did research for something else and he came across this information sharing it with me. The moment he started reading various details of it the story immediately came to life in my mind, as so many other works I've written. Once the spark is ignited it simply takes off from there. Within moments, I knew how the story would begin, what had happened and at what point it would end. On the island of Montserrat.
I saw the leading lady right from the start, Lil Pheybey and I have depicted her here. By all means, I ask that you keep alert and eagerly await the release of a historical fact-fiction I am as passionate about as I was Princess Ces'alena - the first book of my Webster Fields Trilogy. When - for Saoirse? I'm looking towards the end of 2014 or around the first of 2015 - in that ball park. I've learned that I must slow down in order to try and catch my typos, grammatical errors and such - no more spitting them out as I once did.
What will follow? Next up is Fancy Free - and after that Bomaw - The Beauty of Man and Woman - Volume 14. And then another from my fancy series, and Rough Diamond - another that was pushed to the back burner. Following that, once more Volume 15 of Bomaw and finally... the very long awaited historical drama that I wanted to write before Princess Ces'alena... Midnight Blue.
Once I get that above list out, we shall see what's next to come.