It’s my pleasure to host author Joyce Shaughnessy on day 4 of her “Spotlight Author Blog Tour”, sponsored by Rave Reviews Book Club. Joyce is featuring her work of historical fiction entitled, The Healing Place. Today, Joyce shares how she gets inspired.
Where to Find Inspiration
If you are also an historical fiction author, the obvious place is the library at their reference books. The internet is where I go next. There are often great photos, and those are always helpful and inspirational. Depending on the timeline you are writing about, real people who lived through the era are great to find. In 2011, I was lucky to meet some men who lived through WWII. Sadly there aren’t as many around today. It’s wonderful to meet other people who live through the same kind of thing you’re writing about, even if you don’t write historical fiction. I try to get out more because writing can be a lonely profession. I feel lucky if I get to meet someone I’ve never met before. People are often fascinating and inspiring.
A Healing Place
A Healing Place is based on the Thirties and Forties and emphasizes the
power of love, sacrifice, courage and prayer. The Millers move to Texas from
Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. Their son-in-law,
Jed, is sent to the Philippines during WWII where he walks the Death March.
Joyce Shaughnessy has published five books in the last seventeen years. The
first three, A Healing Place, Blessed Are the Merciful, and The
Unsurrendered, are romantic historical fiction based upon the Dust Bowl in
the Great Depression and WWII in the Pacific. They reflect her love of history
and historical fiction. She is also a certified editor, and has edited four
anthologies and several novels. She loves editing almost as much as writing.
She has two finished manuscripts on her desk. She hasn’t found the proper
home for them yet, but will hopefully soon. She has lived with her husband in
Midland, Texas for the last twenty-six years. They share a love of reading and
own a very large collection gathered over the years.
Connect with Joyce online!