Book: The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logancategories: Book, Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Paranormal, Paramedic, Grief, Recovery, Coming of Age, Thoroughbreds, Oregon Trail, Ghosts, Time Travel Romance
Katherine Lowry Loganabout this book: A lone survivor of a drunk-driving crash that killed her parents and fiancé, paramedic Kitherina MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter reveals she was abandoned as a baby on the doorstep of MacKlenna Mansion’s east portico wrapped in a blood-splattered shawl, with a portrait miniature of a nineteenth-century man in one hand, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers in the other.
Following leads in an Oregon Trail journal, she is swept back to 1852. The clock is ticking. She has only eight weeks to unravel the journal’s secrets, solve a murder, and uncover the truth about her birth.
Her quest is thwarted when she meets Cullen Montgomery, a Bach whistling, Shakespeare quoting San Francisco bound lawyer. He quickly sets his sights on seducing the eccentric ‘widow’ who stirs his passion and confounds his logic. If she gives in to the growing attraction between them, it will put his life in danger and threaten to destroy her only chance to discover who placed the brooch in her hand and sent her off through the amber light to a time not her own.
• What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
I started writing poetry as a teenager and still dabble a bit. There are a couple of original poems in THE RUBY BROOCH. From the fall of 1996 to September 1997, I read almost three hundred romance novels. I started with Elizabeth Lowell's Winter Fire and from there read her entire back list then I moved on Beatrice Small, Linda Howard, and so many more. Finally, I put down the book I was reading and said, "I can do this." Ten weeks later, I wrote The End to THE RUBY BROOCH. Over the next several years, the story was either in the closet or going through one of a dozen rewrites. Finally, in 2012, the book came out in print. It was a journey on multiple levels.
• What research did you need to do for this book?
I read dozens of Oregon Trail journals to get a feeling for the life and challenges the travelers experienced. I joined the California-Oregon Trail Association and had dozens of conversations with experts about life on the trail. I talked to people around the world about carbon dating, Thoroughbred racing, guns, clothing, food, snakes, and the list goes on. And, I travelled the trail from Independence, Missouri to Portland, Oregon, and in many places followed the actual wagon ruts. The round trip from Lexington, Kentucky to Portland took nineteen days. It was an incredible adventure.
• Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you've met/known?
I think many of the characters have traits of friends and family members. And I can certainly identify with Kit's grief and trauma. My husband died five days after I wrote THE END. During the many rewrites over the years, I was able to pull from my own experiences and add depth to Kit's grief and recovery.
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