Spring to me has always meant days of getting to spend outside enjoying the warm days and finding new authors to read. (Well, actually I do that every season) which is why I am always searching for different authors I can enjoy. Today's guest in My Writing Corner has a new book out that sounds perfect for the next time I want to sit outside on the patio and read.
Ellen Parker says she was raised in a household filled with books. Because of that, it was only natural that Ellen grew into an avid reader. She turned to writing as a second career and says she enjoys spinning the type of story which appeals to multiple generations. She encourages her readers to share her work with mothers or daughters – or both.
Ellen currently lives in St. Louis. When not guiding her characters to their “happily ever after” she’s says she is apt to be reading, walking in the neighborhood, or tending her tiny garden. You can find her on the web at www.ellenparkerwrites.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/ellenparkerwrites.Her newest book is New Dreams and it is available now. Let's get a blurb:
America beckons with opportunity during the 1850’s.
Louisa Mueller, a baker’s daughter, arrives in Elm Ridge, Illinois with determination to learn English and work as a baker. Since the death of her sweetheart a year ago, she pushes aside thoughts of marriage. However, she’s intrigued by a fellow passenger who tells the most interesting stories.
Let's hear directly from her characters:
Today I’m with Louisa Mueller and Hans Hoffmann from the historical romance, New Dreams.
Louisa, please tell us what draws you to Hans.
Thank you. When Hans introduced himself to me on the ship, his voice was polite, sincere, and determined all mixed together. I was flattered he asked to become acquainted and decided very quickly to become his friend.
What frightens you about him?
Each time I inquire about his life before boarding the ship he evades the question. Sometimes he responds with a clever story. Often I am not certain if a village he mentions is where he lived or merely traveled through – for I get the impression he moved a great deal after his mother died.
What do you want most in life, Louisa?
I have always been a dutiful daughter and I feel rather lost when not living near family. While events beyond my control have changed my dreams—I want to work, perhaps own, a bakery. I will be patient and trust a husband and family will follow in due time.
What frightens you about your trip to America?
The distance. Letters from America took many weeks to reach our village. Papa and I will be without other family until we arrive in Illinois. I never had need to leave our village until we loaded the trunks, joined a young married couple, and set out for the port. Will I make friends?
And now, a few question for Hans. Tell us, what do you want to find in America?
America—land of opportunity—at least according to the talk in the taverns I frequent. I want to earn honest pay for my hard work. I want enough money to live in a comfortable room and not worry if I will be able to eat tomorrow.
What draws you to Louisa?
She is pretty—and intelligent. She tells stories of her girlhood filled with kind, generous people—the sort of family and friends a man wants to populate his past.
What frightens you about her?
I repeat—she is pretty and intelligent. I am often fearful I will not be able to contribute anything to her life. She would make a good wife for an educated, professional man. I am a humble person fighting temptation to do wrong.Thank you both, Louisa and Hans, for answering our questions, and thank you, Ellen, for being my guest today. Here are Ellen's buy links for her new book and information on how to get in touch with her.