Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
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- There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
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My guest for the hunt is Lisa Tawn Bergren. I first met Lisa over twenty years ago, and she has been a special friend ever since. She is talented as both an editor and as an author. Here’s a bit about her latest release, Verity.
As the great-granddaughter of a British admiral and friend to many Loyalists, Verity believed all she wanted was a peaceful resolution. But both the Patriots and the impassioned Ian McKintrick are steadily laying claim to her heart. When faced with the decision of what–and for whom–she will fight, can she set her feet on a new path despite the danger that awaits?
Sometimes Research Takes a Dose of Imagination … by Lisa Tawn Bergren
One of my favorite parts of going to New York to research Verity, was taking a walking tour with Karen of Patriot Tours (patriottoursnyc.com). Karen offers intimate, dynamic and knowledgeable tours of the region, and helped open my eyes to what Manhattan might have been like in my era. For any historical author, this is a challenge, but in New York—which has been built up and torn down and rebuilt so many times—it’s particularly challenging.
Imagine standing on Water Street, but you’re three blocks in from the river! Yes, that means that in 1776, there was actually a wharf and water beside Water Street. But over time—especially after 1790—there was a concentrated effort to expand the island by hauling in soil. For decades, there were huge boat slips between buildings, so ships could sail in, offload their cargo, reload and sail back out. Today some of those boat slips remain, but they are streets and parks and parking lots (Peck Slip, Coenties Slip—mentioned in Moby Dick—Old Slip and Burlington Slip are a few).
For Verity, Captain McKintrick is gradually becoming more and more involved with the Sons of Freedom and their cause. Given that he’s a sea captain and spy negotiating the political hold on the wharves, I wanted to walk to the waterfront and imagine what it was once like. But it was also evocative to end our tour at Fraunces Tavern—an historical building surrounded by high rises—where in December of 1883 General Washington said a tearful farewell to officers who had served him…seven years after my novel takes place. Before I stood there, imagining it, I had never really considered how terribly long the war was.
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over 50 books in many different genres, that have sold more than 3 million copies combined. She lives in Colorado with her family, but spends most of her time planning her next trip abroad.
For more info, see LisaTBergren.com
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