Just last week, I had the pleasure of presenting a program before seventy-five members of the Gleneagle Women's Club of Colorado Springs. The club began in 1991, and has grown over the years to more than one hundred and twenty members. They are very involved with philanthropic issues raising money for local charities, but they also enjoy themselves by doing such activities as hiking, horseback riding, book clubs, knitting and crochet groups, etc. Club members provided me a scrumptious meal, and wine before I gave my presentation. Afterwards, I did a book signing, and answered questions about the stories I had told during my presentation.Great food, great audience...what more could one ask for?
Over the past 15 years, I’ve published eight books on travel, local history and historical fiction. Several years ago, after speaking with family members in England, a name popped up that I hadn’t heard in ages. It was the dreaded name of Sawney Bean, a wicked and despicable Scottish folklore character from the 1600s. After researching Sawney and his clan, (the BBC did a documentary and tried to locate his cave) the inklings of a story began forming. The first book of what has become a trilogy, Forbidden describes Catherine MacDonald, who becomes a nun after being left by her mother at a priory. After an unusual encounter with a young woman she undertakes a journey to Scotland where she discovers what really happened to her mother, and the horrifying life she endured just to stay alive.
In the second book, Damaged, Catherine tries valiantly to restore her respectability but is thwarted at every turn. Tainted by her mother’s legacy, she is shunned by the church, and by many of her friends. Unhappy and disillusioned with her life, she decides to embark on a journey to the New World.
The final book, Expectations, will be published in the fall of 2014.