With the release of GRAY HAWK’S LADY (in just a few days), here’s a link to find out more: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html?PHPSESSID=e42437db2cd57ca12b4eda0212e79f5d — I thought I might again give a bit of the story behind the story. In my last blog, I told how the characters took on a life of their own that was inspired by my own love life at the time (I met and married my husband while I was writing this book.) But there was more behind the story — thus, I thought I’d give a little more background.
Because this story is about a lady who captures an Indian (in order to study his language — and help her father, of course), I wanted to pick a character from a tribe of Indians who at that time was known as the “Tigers of the Plains.” The tribe was the Blackfeet, who were so ferocious at the time, and were such good fighters, they kept their homeland pristine pure for quite a while. White men thought twice before they ventured into Blackfeet territory.
But I knew so very little about Montana, and I was determined to get to know much about it so that I could write realistically about it. The picture to the right is of myself and my brother-in-law — deep in Montana territory — the Plains (note the mountain etched in the background).
My husband is from Montana and I was so very, very interested in Montana, that we honeymooned not only in Montana, but on the Blackfeet reservation. It was the first time I had stepped foot in Montana in this life.
Here’s a picture of my husband on our honeymoon, there in Montana — very close to the Blackfeet reservation — and over to the right is a picture of me at the same time — same mountain range. As I’m sure you can probably guess, I fell in love with Montana, and in truth, if we could possible do so, we would live there. Now, of course, I have gone to Montana numerous times — usually every couple of years, I journey to Montana and to the Blackfeet reservation — if only to keep in touch with friends.
There is a beauty to the landscape, a feeling of freedom of spirit that is hard to capture when one lives in a city. I once read a book by James Willard Schultz who wrote about the open country, the open prairie, while always there were the mountains in the distance. I know now what he meant. I’ve toured in Montana (the entire State). I’ve helped on the Blackfeet reservation with literacy, have gone back time and time again because the truth it, I’ve fallen in love with Montana. I’m going to close this post with several pictures from different times when I’ve been in Montana either visiting family — my husband is from Montana — or visiting the Blackfeet. The pictures are of myself, my husband and Toni Running Fisher, a good friend of ours. The picture above is me at a stream. The ones on the left and below are of my husband, also at a stream and on the Plains of Montana.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little picture tour of a country I love very much. And please while you’re at it, please don’t forget I have 5 books for sale right now — all ebooks: LAKOTA SURRENDER — LAKOTA PRINCESS — PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN — GRAY HAWK’S LADY — WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH. You can get them for almost a song here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html?PHPSESSID=e42437db2cd57ca12b4eda0212e79f5d