I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and are just thrilled that you’re back to work. Are you? Well, if you’re not, don’t feel too bad about it — one of the hardest things to do, I think is get back to work after a holiday…unless you’re self – employed — then no day is a holiday…
In keeping with the theme of the story behind the story, I thought I’d tell you a bit about the story behind LONE ARROW’S PRIDE. Now this cover from Samhain Publishing is one of my favorites. The passion of this cover still sends chills up and down my body whenever I see it (a good thing — not a bad thing). And again, I think the spirit of these two people is captured excellently by this very artful cover.
One of the best friends that I’ve ever had is the inspiration for the male character. In real life, I met this man when I was a freshman in college. The way I met him was unusual, actually. My boyfriend at the time was playing jazz in the music practice room area in the music hall (I was a music major) — and my friend was there playing jazz sax along with him. I can’t tell you exactly what happened. All I know is that my spirit soared as soon as I saw him. And as it turns out — although we were only friends — he has been one of the most inspirational people in my life.
Getting back to my story. Much later (years later) when he wasn’t spoken for, and neither was I, we were briefly an item. Little did he know that had he asked, I probably would have followed him anywhere. But he never asked and eventually — because life does go on — we drifted apart.
But our friendship never died. We’d see each other now and again when I was in LA or more specifically when I visit Florida (he now lives in Florida). One of the things that I always think of whenever I think of him is a little dance that we’d do as we would be walking — and he always made me laugh — always.
And so the story of LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is extremely light-hearted — despite the fact that there are some very serious aspects to it. It had to be light-hearted because my friend is — and we always laugh when we’re together. But I’ve never forgot that he never asked — even though I adored him — and so of course that experience is in the book — it had to be.
It was during the writing of this book, however, that I lost my sister, Vicki. Her passing was such a shock to the family, coming as it did early in life — and it happened while I was writing this book, that it took me a while to finish the book. But truth is, the writing of the book — finishing it — helped me through that time period in my life. Now, I’ve been trying and trying to post a picture of Vicki, but so far I’ve not been able to accomplish it. Forgive me.
But it wasn’t all bad news. At that time period in my life, I was also adopted officially into the Blackfeet Tribe — to honor me for work that I had done with them concerning literacy. There was one other, the head of the project, who was also adopted and the picture off to the right here was taken during the ceremony (we were given Blackfeet names). (I’m the one to the right in this picture.) All of this went into this book — all my fears, my loss, my triumphs. The story itself — a Treasure Hunt — was put to me by my brother-in-law and husband — who were telling me the very true legend of the Superstitious Mountains — But I’ve already blogged about that particular aspect of this story, which you can read if you go back in the archives of this site — not sure of the title of that blog — but it had to do with the Superstition Mountains and there were many pictures of those mountains in the blog.
All things told, LONE ARROW’S PRIDE is one of my favorite books — and I hope it becomes one of your favorites, also. So please come in and leave a comment — I’ll be giving away a free book today to some lucky blogger. Come in and tell me your thoughts about all this — and the new cover, which I absolutely adore. LONE ARROW’S PRIDE can be purchased here for a song at the moment: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/karen-kay-pa-1676.html