I’m always glad for the chance to connect with readers, and participating in this blog is no exception. As I find myself just a few pages from finishing the first book in a new series, I thought it would be fun to tell you a bit about what’s coming up.
Song of Alaska is a new series that will debut in the fall of 2009 with book one, DAWN’S PRELUDE. This will be a 3 book series, but with a twist. This series will be generational, rather than focusing on the same time period. The setting will remain the same – Sitka, Alaska.
Why did I choose Sitka? The place is absolutely amazing. Under Russian rule it was the capital, and even after the transfer to American hands in 1867 it remained the capital until 1912. The history of this now 4th largest city in Alaska – population just under 9,000 – is quite rich. From the Native Alaskans (the Tlingits) who lived there first, to the Russians and finally Americans, this town is very proud of its history.
All of these pictures were ones I took while there. You can see how spectacular it is.
We have visited several times for research material and to speak with the locals, and have never been disappointed. The people there are friendly and proud-quite happy to share their history. That’s why it seemed the perfect setting for a new series.
Book one, DAWN’S PRELUDE, will pick up three years after the transfer from the Russians to Americans. I wanted to show the town with its many flavors, while spinning a tale about a completely fictional set of characters. The next book in the series will pick up in the 1890s, and book three will be around 1912.
Readers often ask me how I choose the locations of my stories, and often it comes from visiting or reading about a place. Sometimes, by what seems an accidental encounter, I fall in love with a setting and just know that it will make a great backdrop for my story.
Setting has always been important whether I’m writing about Philadelphia in the 1850s or Montana in the late 1800s. Setting is so very vital to a story and for me; the setting and history become a valuable secondary character for any series. I want to bring the story alive for the reader who might never get a chance to travel to these places, and I want to help keep the history of times gone by. What’s so incredible about what I do is that I get a chance to share the hope I have in Christ, while sharing the history and travel I so love.
I hope you’ll enjoy the new series when it arrives, but in the meantime, I have a fun and quirky Montana series with book one, A PROMISE TO BELIEVE IN, just out in bookstores now. Book 2, A LOVE TO LAST FOREVER, comes in April 2009, and book 3, A DREAM TO CALL MY OWN, in Summer 2009. I hope you look for them.
What places have you visited that call to your soul?
I’m giving away five copies of A Promise to Believe In to five people who leave a comment. Get your name in the hat!
God Bless, Tracie Peterson
Visit my website for a full list of my books: www.traciepeterson.com