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Book: Unexpected Gifts by S. R. Mallery

Book: Unexpected Gifts by S. R. Mallery

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S. R. Mallery

Author S. R. Malleryabout this book: The title came about because not only are the lives of Sonia's ancestors an unexpected gift to her, various people in her own life receive 'gifts' that they never would have expected.

The hardest part of writing this book was making sure that items listed in the historic chapters were also mentioned in the previous modern day chapters and the slow evolution of Sonia's character mirrored some of her relative's behaviors. I used a large two columned list for that.

The best part of being an historical fiction writer is the research. If I had my way I would include so much more in my writing, but I realize that the average person can only take so much historic detail! But as I delve into my research, it always gives me so many ideas about plot, character motivation, and feelings. I also love looking at books with photos or watching documentaries of that particular time to help me 'pretend' I'm living back then, too. On top of that I listen to music on CD's based on the time period I'm writing about and that always jogs a myriad of ideas.

I learned that in writing this book, which seemed huge to me when I first started (I had only written short stories before that) was that if I took it one step at a time, beginning with a very, very vague outline and slowly filling it in, that I could do it.

I suppose what I would like to impart to my readers is for them to think about where they each came from, and to enjoy learning more about America's past. It's fascinating!

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Here are a couple of reviews:

• "S. R. Mallery has caught the defining historic moments of one family...a rich and involving book, the author has written a gem."
— Dorothy Salisbury Davis, A Gentle Murderer, Lullaby of Murder, etc.

• "S. R. Mallery presents a fascinating journey through flashpoints of American history in an impressive, wonderfully thought out and well-told first novel."
— Carla Davidson, former senior editor American Heritage Magazine.

The title came about because not only are the lives of Sonia's ancestors an unexpected gift to her, various people in her own life receive 'gifts' that they never would have expected.

As for my cover, I worked with Jamie Johnson, the cover/computer person at my publisher, Mockingbird lane Press. We both agreed there should be a trunk in the attic and having read the book, she came up with the idea of a young lady surrounded by a few of the souvenirs found inside.

The hardest part of writing this book was making sure that items listed in the historic chapters were also mentioned in the previous modern day chapters and the slow evolution of Sonia's character mirrored some of her relative's behaviors. I used a large two columned list for that.

The best part of being an historical fiction writer is the research. If I had my way I would include so much more in my writing, but I realize that the average person can only take so much historic detail! But as I delve into my research, it always gives me so many ideas about plot, character motivation, and feelings. I also love looking at books with photos or watching documentaries of that particular time to help me 'pretend' I'm living back then, too. On top of that I listen to music on CD's based on the time period I'm writing about and that always jogs a myriad of ideas.

I learned that in writing this book, which seemed huge to me when I first started (I had only written short stories before that) was that if I took it one step at a time, beginning with a very, very vague outline and slowly filling it in, that I could do it.

I suppose what I would like to impart to my readers is for them to think about where they each came from, and to enjoy learning more about America's past. It's fascinating!


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