Welcome Carol Ann Didier


Hello readers of P&P. I am always thrilled to be invited to write something for your – hopefully – reading pleasure. I have always loved our westward expansion and in high school every term paper and book report I did was on our Native Americans and the old west. Especially, after I fell in love with Jeff Chandler when he played Cochise in BROKEN AROW. Now that goes back, some, but he inspired me like no one else ever did. I was 12 years old at the time when you develop crushes on movie stars. Later as an adult I had a chance to visit the very places I had written about. I even visited the place where Cochise had one of his strongholds.

I never planned to write a book but when my son dared me to do it one day, I accepted his dare. I knew if I wrote anything it would be about Apaches and Cochise would be in there somewhere. When I sat down to write “Apache Moon,” I didn’t realize how much history I had absorbed or learned over the years and the book just flowed out of me and was finished in three months. When I finished it and asked my son to read it, I waited breathlessly for his opinion. His only comment was,” It reads like a book.”  So much for a fan in the family!

But once I started the book of my heart, I found I could not stop and it ended up a trilogy. When it got published, the title was changed to APACHE WARRIOR and the publisher wanted it to end with the hero, Kayto, and heroine, Amanda, getting married in the first book. I agreed, but it broke my heart. Later, I had so many requests for the “rest of the story” and “what happened to the other characters in the book,’ that I finally did the sequels, APACHE PROMISE, and APACHE WINTER. They are both up on the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble NOOK as of June 7, 2011.

While in all my books the underlying story is a romance, I have included actual historical events and some notable persons from the time period. I researched the Apache Life-Way, their beliefs and customs and tried to be as accurate as possible in depicting them in a positive light. In fact, I probably lean more to the Apache’s viewpoint rather than the white man’s many times. With in the three books I try to show that Love knows no color, creed or race. It happens in the heart, when and where you least expect it, and if allowed to grow, it can conquer differences in culture, hatred, and personal loss.

APACHE WARRIOR begins the saga of a Baltimore belle and a Chiricahua brave caught up in a taboo love that has the power to heal or harm a broken people. The Civil War is about to break out in the east leaving two sisters alone in a city filling up with strangers and military personnel after the tragic death of their parents. They feel their only hope in an uncle who went west in the California gold rush and is now living in Tucson, Arizona. It is a perilous journey for two young ladies but they go anyway.  Their stagecoach is stopped at Apache Pass and the leader, Kayto, who plans to give Amanda to his mother as a slave, takes Amanda. Her defiance of him and her poking one of his braves in the belly with her parasol arouses his interest and later his desire. Because of her independent ways and broad-mindedness instilled in her by her father, she refuses to be treated as a slave and wins Kayto’s whole family over. Kayto and Amanda fall in love in spite of their differences only to be torn apart when Cochise is betrayed by a white army officer and goes on a relentless war of revenge for the next 11 years.

APACHE PROMISE, book 2, continues the story of the star-crossed lovers and the years following Cochise’s declaration to rid the southwest of all white-eyes. It also develops the love story of the sister, Candice, and the gambler, Damon Knight, who was on the stage with the girls. Kayto and Amanda have two poignant meetings during this time but know they cannot be together for now. Promises are made but they may not be able to be kept with the land on fire.

APACHE WINTER, book 3, tells of the sad, closing chapters in the life of the Chiricahuas. It is the end of the wild and free Apache. In 1870, a former army scout, prospector, and rancher, Tom Jeffords, comes to Tucson.  For ten years no white man has seen Cochise and lived to tell about it. Disgusted with the conflict and the destruction of so much life and property, Jeffords decides to go see Cochise, personally, alone. His meeting is a real historical event and I have read several accounts of it and have written it the way I’d like to think it went. It changed the course of history and General Oliver O. Howard was able to secure an honorable peace from President Grant for the Chiricahuas to have their own land and their own Apache police force instead of the U. S. Army governing them. Tom Jeffords did actually become the first Indian Agent on Cochise’s reservation, as he would have no other. In my story, Tom prevails upon Amanda to become the first schoolteacher and she and Kayto are finally reunited. This was a little untrue on my part as the Apache children were brutally ripped from their families and sent east to a boarding school in Carlisle, PA where they were stripped of everything they knew and were made to conform to a white man’s world.

My second paperback book, NAVAJO NIGHT, dealt with a Navajo Holy man and a white preacher’s daughter caught up in a tragic period in their struggle with the white man’s encroachment, called “The Long Walk.”  It was when General Carlton rounded up 4000 Navajos and marched them south to a barren plain called the Bosque Redondo in southern New Mexico in an attempt to Americanize and Christianize the Navajos. The experiment eventually failed and after four years, the Navajos were allowed to the return to the four corners area where they reside today.

If anyone has any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. I will give away a free copy of either APACHE WARRIOR or NAVAJO NIGHT and several bookmarks to one lucky commenter today. Thank you for reading my post. http://www.carolanndidier.com/

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43 Comments

  1. I lived in El Paso for several years. We drove through Mescalero land frequently. Love the history and symbolism of the Apache. You books sound wonderful.

  2. Sounds like a fascinating series. Thanks for opportunity to have one from the author.

  3. Hi Carol! Thank you for visiting Petticoats & Pistols! So much to write about, so little time! Trilogies are such fun because an author can explore an even bigger story. Enjoy!

  4. Hi Carol! I know this story has always been in your heart. It’s so good to hear that you’ve found a way to share them. Congrats on the two new books!

  5. Dear Nena, thanks so much for commenting. I just love the Arizona desert scenery and I always thought I’d end up there someday myself, but now I live in Florida and have a different kind of sand in my shoes and am settled. Hope you get a chance to read my stories.
    Best Wishes, Carol

  6. Victoria, it is my pleasure to be on this website. I enjoy it so much myself. It’s fun and informative. Thanks for stopping by. Carol Ann

  7. Liz, Hope you win one. It was the book of my heart and I love my characters. Hope you will too. Sincerely, Carol Ann

    Victoria, it is my pleasure to be on this website. I enjoy it so much myself. It’s fun and informative. Thanks for stopping by. Carol Ann

    Leigh, dear fellow romance writer, thanks for commenting. You know how long I worked on this. Thanks for your encouragement.
    Carol Ann

  8. Hi Carol. I know how much these books mean to you, and feel like the characters are part of OUR lives as well 🙂 They have been in your heart for a long time, and we are so proud that the books are finally here so others can get to know these characters and learn the history as well. Have a great day, and how fun and exciting, I love the site!

  9. I love hearing about books of the heart. I usually find them to be so much more than just a story. I’ve also always loved hearing anything about American Indians. I think we should have learned more of their ways than the Puritans!! Your series sounds wonderful and I truly love your cover for Navaho Night.

  10. Welcome to the Junction, Carol Ann. I grew up on stories of the Native American people told by my grandmother, whose wheat farm bordered Sioux lands in North Dakota. Thanks for a look at the Navaho.

  11. Sounds like a great series… can not believe it started with a dare! 😀 Thank you for sharing this post with us and lettting us get to know about your books!

  12. Hi Carol Ann……welcome back to P&P. It’s always a pleasure to have you come and share your thoughts with us. Your books look wonderful. I’m sure our visitors will be eager to run out and get them.

    The story of the Native Americans is heartbreaking in so many ways. They are a proud people and were treated horribly. Thank you for continuing to draw attention to them.

  13. Enjoyed your books. It’s like living in the “Wild West”. Maybe they will make a movie of the story. When is the next series going to be in print?

  14. Carol Ann,

    As you know me, I too write on the American Indian. I live in AZ and I am working on numerous books on the Apache. My stories are mystery and I use some of the most sacred sites to the Apache. I have bonded with the former Chairman of the Apache Tribe and live only 5 minutes from the rez.

    I have learned a great deal of their ways and beliefs and I must say my heart is Apache. I too was honored to go to Cochise Stronghold with the former Chairman. I also went to Fort Bowie where the great hero Geronimo reside for awhile.

    I have been to the Monument where over 200 bodies are buried. The former Chair is a direct decedent of Geronimo.I am also working on a nonfiction book on the former Chairman.

    Again, thank you for doing this post on the Apache People. They are amazing.

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

  15. Welcome Carol Ann,,great post,so glad you came by ,love books with Indian theme,I am part Cherokee an all Indian tribes are fave of mine to read

    Vickie

  16. My post showed up above as Patrica B,,,thats strange,

    Welcome Carol Ann,,great post,so glad you came by ,love books with Indian theme,I am part Cherokee an all Indian tribes are fave of mine to read

    Vickie

  17. Thank you for an interesting post, Carol Ann. It is really sad that the whites felt it their right to enforce their culture on others. By trying to change the native tribes, they were destroying cultures, beliefs, and ways of life that had served their people well for hundreds of years. They took away their foundation and then wondered why they floundered. Many of the problems modern tribes are dealing with can be traced back to actions taken in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is a shame so much was lost from those ancient cultures. The cultural centers that are opening, have much to offer all americans, not just the tribes whose history they present.

    Best of luck with your future projects.

  18. Welcome to Wildflower Junction, Carol Ann. I too am greatly interested in Native American fiction and non-fiction, so these are definitely TBR. A life-changing book for me was Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. It should be required reading for every American. Best wishes for upcoming books!

  19. Dear Paulette, my daughter-in-law and friend. Thanks for visiting the posting. I know Mark grew up on Indian lore and both boys encouraged me to keep at it. It’s been wonderful to be able to share my love of the Indians with the family.

    Carol

  20. Sounds like a great series!

  21. Hi Catslady, in my Apache series the exotic Indian maiden who also wanted Kayto’s heart was named Cat Eyes, interesting connection.
    Enjoy! Carol Ann

  22. Tracy, thanks again for the invite to Petticoats and Pistols. I love the site. Some day I just may write a story about the Sioux but I bet you could write it better with your background. Try one. Carol Ann

  23. Hi Colleen, yes it was a dare. I was listening to Good Morning America and there was a well-known author on the show who wrote westerns, and I commented to my son, Troy, “I like her books and I think, though, I could write one just as good,” and he said, “Well, if you think so, do it!” And I did. Yea Team! It turned out well. Carol Ann

  24. Dear Linda B., Again, it is my pleasure to be asked to share. Your site is always an inspiration to me. I love to visit and share in everyones good fortune and experiences. Thanks again for asking. Carol Ann

  25. Dear Nancy, you have spoken the second dream in my heart and that is to see Hallmark TV put my series up as a Made-for-TV movie or a short mini-series. I would like to see more films with more empathy for the Indians for a change and I think my stories portray them a little differently than history has recorded them. Not that they could not be brutal and ‘savage’, but it wasn’t exclusive to the Native Americans either. Thanks for posting. Carol Ann

  26. Hi Melinda, that is how we met through our love for our Native American people. It was good of you to stop by and leave a word and I am wishing you all the best with your stories. I know they are deeply imbedded in your heart as well. Good luck. Carol Ann

  27. Hello Carol,

    I enjoyed reading Apache Promise, and I liked the feeling of being transported back to such a different period in time. I could feel your love for the people and that period of time – it was much like being a voyeur in other peoples’ lives. Looking forward to reading your other books already in print, and those yet to come.

    Best of luck with your future writing, and keep them coming!

  28. Hi Vickie, saw the post as Patricia B, but I’ve got you now. I hope you’ll take a look at my website and read more about my books if you’re interested. http://www.carolanndidier.com. Thanks for leaving your comments. Carol Ann

  29. And now for Patricia B., you are so right-on Patricia. It was a way of life that will never come again and, yes, they were not always ‘nice’ people, but it was their life and we did not have the right to take it from them. There should have been some way to salvage living in harmony. Thanks for your remarks. Carol Ann

  30. Dear Tanya, I agree, “Bury My Heart,” should be standard reading as well as a few others I can think of. We destroyed a very special part of America’s heritage by destroying their way of life. Thank you for your compassionate view. Carol Ann

  31. Hi Estella, like that name, sounds like it should be in a novel. Hope you’ll buy one and enjoy a time under an Apache Moon, the original title. Thanks for stopping by. Carol ann

  32. Hello Angela, thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind words. You know my heart was in them. Your help was much appreciated as well. Sincerely, Carol Ann

  33. I love your books, Carol, and those of the others who write Westerns. I am also hooked on Western movies and would never miss one from the female viewpoint. So I’m rooting for your series to be picked up.

    DH also reads novels of the old west so I should be writing in your genre. Keeping me back is the amount of research needed to match you Western historical writers.

    So for now I’ll continue to be a reader and write a modern cowboy or two in my women’s fiction!

    Best to all, especially my special bud, Carol Ann.

    Pet

  34. I always enjoy reading stories about American Indians especially those that live in my state of Arizona as the Apache and Navajo tribes do. Your books are now on my to be read list …thanks for the info.

  35. Dear Paulette, just wanted to add one more thing, you have completed Mark’s life-circle in ways I could not have imagined. Truly it was meant to be and I am so glad you came into my family.
    Love, Carol

  36. Dear Pet, you have always been my biggest fan and I love you for it. You write every bit as good as I do and with such insight, fun and wit. If you wrote a western, I know it would be great. Love you, Carol

  37. Hello Jackie, thanks for joining in on my blog today. I always get a little nervous when I know someone is from the area I write about thinking, “Suppose I get some historical fact wrong, or someone knows the area I’m talking about, and I’ve portrayed it wrong,” but then, writer’s are allowed to change things a little, right? Thanks for your comments and enjoy! Carol

  38. Hi, welcome to the P&P.I love reading the western romance. I am sorry to say I have never read your books before, so many books and so little time. I will be looking for your books now, so its nice to meet you. Another new author for me.

  39. Love the idea of your books. Shall be checking out Kindle and Nook. I do so enjoy historical stories of our Native Americans.

  40. Hello Quilt Lady, I bet you do western star ones, don’t you? I hope you will pick up one and read it, maybe you’ll even be the lucky winner tonight. Two are in paperback and two are on the Kindle Reader and the NOOK. Enjoy a love in another time and place.
    Thanks for stopping by. Carol Ann

  41. Dear Connie, thanks so much for stopping by and giving my books a chance. As I wrote earlier, it was the story on my heart and I fell in love with everyone I created and just could not stop at one book.
    Hope you do pick one up and enjoy it.
    Thanks again, Carol Ann

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    Carol, you have done a great job of portraying the truth and a beautiful love story. Here’s to the next “series”.

  43. Great post. This aounds like a fascinating series. I am going to get these books to read.

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