Book: Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczkacategories: Book, Mystery, Intrigue, Survival, Romance, Betrayal, Historical Fiction
Patty Dickson Pieczkaabout this book: The idea for this book came to me when reading my great uncle's account of hopping trains and living with Native Americans. During his travels in 1904, he stopped at the St. Louis World's Fair. I wondered who he might have met and what it must have been like, so I set my story in that time and place. The historical research was fascinating, and I had my characters respond to real ads in the 1904 St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. I also visited the World's Fair Museum and the Scott Joplin house to get a true sense of the times.
There's an element of mysticism in the book, and whenever Julia looks into her magic crystal my background in poetic imagery comes to the fore. I'm not a writer who works from an outline, but rather, my favorite quote is from Robert Frost, who said, "No surprise to the writer, no surprise to the reader." And this book continually surprised me.
Something inside me kept saying that the title is Finding the Raven. I had no idea what that meant until suddenly it all became clear and made perfect sense.
I've been asked why people should read this book, and I say read it because it's an exhilarating feeling to slip away into these pages and stroll back in time, to lose yourself in another era, to become absorbed in the clip-clop of traffic, the floor-length skirts and feathered hats, to see a man in a morning coat, a shiny pocket watch chain hanging from his silk vest, as the voices of long-ago people become real and vivid.
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