Today the “Smoke Rose to Heaven Virtual Book Tour” Day #6 Stops on my blog. I am happy to have you here, Sarah, for us to learn more about you. Over to you now!
New York, 1872.
Diviner Ada Moses is a finder of hidden things and a keeper of secrets. In her possession is a lost manuscript with the power to destroy the faith of tens of thousands of believers.
When a man seeking the truth knocks at her door with a conspiracy theory on his lips and assassins at his heels, she must make a choice.
Spurred by news of a ritualistic murder and the arrival of a package containing the victim’s bloody shirt, Ada must either attempt to vanish with the truth or return the burden she has long borne to the prophet responsible for one of the most successful deceptions in US history.
Protecting someone else’s secret may save Ada’s life, but is that worth forcing her own demons into the light?
The Joy of Receiving Fan Mail
Writing can sometimes be a lonely pursuit. I’ve been fortunate to have lived in several places with strong writing communities and have connected online with writers from all over the world through blogging and social media. That is wonderful, because other writers understand the frustrations and triumphs, the obsession and rejection, and all the rest that comes with being a part of this crazy industry. I’ve found the writing community is generally a friendly and supportive bunch.
Writers also understand that when we turn off Facebook and Twitter and climb into whatever little writing nook we’ve carved out for ourselves, each of us is alone, facing down an unrealized dream in the form of a blinking cursor.
In those moments a writer’s only company becomes the imaginary people in her head. Sometimes they are chatty and cooperative; other times they are not. Writing can be a lonely pursuit.
But once in a while, someone from the world, the real world, where no one is discussing Amazon rankings or cover design woes, reaches out to make the whole process feel especially worthwhile.
I’m talking, of course, about readers.
The first time I ever received a note from a reader, it came through my mother. I’d published my first book, which unlike the historical novels that would follow, was a collection of humor and history titled Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense.
The book had achieved only very modest success, but I was quite pleased with myself for getting it out there and when my mom handed me a note from one of her friends I did not know, specifically about my book, I was pretty flattered.
I wore what I’m sure was a comically wide grin as I flipped open the card and began to read. The first thing I noticed was that my biggest fan hadn’t spelled my last name correctly. A lot of people get that mixed up, so I wasn’t especially bothered.
She went on to explain that she had recently purchased Throwing Sheep at her local bookstore with a coupon that made it very cheap. Hm. I, too, am a thrifty person. And titles aren’t really that important, right?
The woman ended her message with an explanation that she probably wouldn’t read the book, but that she sure was excited to pass it on to a friend who might like it.
I’ve now published three books. The most recent called Smoke Rose to Heaven is very different than my first step into the world of publishing. This book is a historical thriller. It’s the coming of age story of a woman who has come into possession of a lost manuscript that supports a historical conspiracy theory which questions the origin story of the Book of Mormon.
My reader audience is still relatively small but vocal and expanding. I’m delighted that in the last few years many more readers have graciously reached out and let me know they’ve enjoyed my books. Most have been a little more flattering than the first.
SARAH ANGLETON is the author of the historical novels Gentleman of Misfortune and Smoke Rose to Heaven as well as the humor collection Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense. She lives with her husband, two sons, and one loyal dog near St. Louis, where she loves rooting for the Cardinals but doesn’t care for the pizza.
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