About the Book
After duty as an ambulance driver in World War I, Ellie Morgan returns to Chicago to take up her share of the work in her grandparents’ department store. Ellie doesn’t want to alienate her family or disappoint them, but despite a six year effort to settle in, she feels increasingly trapped in store routine. Meanwhile, her grandmother urges her to marry a local politician and help him succeed in his chosen field. Ellie’s grandfather, however, wants to see her happy and independent. “Go West, young woman, go west,” he advises paraphrasing a popular quotation of the day. So with Granddad’s help, Ellie secures a job on a ranch in Colorado and sets out to prove that she has the necessary character to succeed at a third vocation.
When Aldon Leitzinger meets Ellie’s train in Clifton Colorado, he introduces himself as the foreman of the ranch. But the more people Ellie meets in the community, the more apparent it becomes that she is in demand to fill a number of roles for which she is not prepared. Desperate to prove herself, she settles in to please everyone, a task that puts her at risk of failure in every attempt at finding a new and happier life.
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About the Author
DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn. She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”
DiVoran has five prizes for five people! First to go will be the beautiful art cards and then we’ll have the two eBooks. Enter below:
Ellie heard the upstairs window slide open. Cathy barely had to raise her voice to be heard. “Take the stick and fish the diapers out of that big galvanized tub where they’re soaking and throw them in the pot hanging from the tripod. I already put in the soap flakes. Stir them around then take them back out so you can rise them in that other tub. That’s cold water, so you can wring them out before you hang them on the line.
By the time Ellie finished the difficult chore she almost wished she hadn’t offered to help. She sat down on a rock and rested her back against the rough bark of a tree. When she woke she was being gently shaken…
1) Where did you get your inspiration to write this book?
The idea of writing a historical novel popped into my head in the kitchen of an upstairs apartment when I was worrying about how to get the grease off the wall. I stopped worrying and started writing. But then…I got so excited and absorbed that I knew I’d neglect my family if started writing a book. Whatever a single minded person is, that’s me. Over the years ideas came, and I believe an unconscious sorting process went on for a long time. Finally, when our children were almost grown, I felt it was time to begin. Even then, though, I wrote other books first. Maybe I was practicing for Go West.
2) What kinds of research did you do?
A lot of the research came from my own memory and experience. The setting is a place I love and I used elements of the people I know for characters. But, I was also delighted to use the Internet, movies, TV, books from the library, and those that I owned or purchased. Friends could be resources too.
3) What was your favorite aspect of your heroine's character?
Because she has a great deal of energy and curiosity, Ellie likes to learn. Her curriculum, however, changes the moment she arrives in Colorado to work as household helper, companion, and ranch hand.
4) Why is the theme of the book important to you?
To answer that question, I will tell this small story. I finished watching the series, “Legacy” on Feeln last night and in that episode it is brought out that the daughter of the family, Alice, is a peace-maker and doesn’t understand why people can’t get along with each other. I suppose I have a lot of that in me, too. I understand that in stories meanness is often necessary as a contrast to niceness, but I have never wanted to major on abuse rather than peace.
5) Why did you choose this time period to set the book in?
The fairy tales I read as a child took me to fairy godmothers, castles, and moats. Later, I read Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton and when I was a young adult I got deeper into kings and queens with Jean Plaidy’s books. Eventually I dove into the Victorian age and after the beginning of the second millennia, I slipped naturally into the 1920-s because that was the setting for many of my mothers’ stories.
6) What was your favorite part about writing this book?
When I ran into the daughter of an old friend, we got to talking about writing novels. She had always wanted to write one, and by then, I had finished three, so we decided to get together every week on her day off. We read each other’s work aloud ad that helped a lot. That was Rebekah Lyn and she has now exceeded me in number of books published, but we are still good friends and I appreciate the hours we had that increased our confidence it writing novels.
7) Are you planning more books to follow this one?
Yes, I have more than one book idea to choose from, but know yet which one I’ll take up next.
8) What is your favorite place to write?
Our home has a comfortable porch where I can get my thoughts and prayers together in my journal, but my scriptorium, which was once our daughter’s bedroom, hosts my computer, so that’s an excellent place to write, too.
Rachel, you do a good interview. Thanks for choosing me.
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