Penelope Marzec fell in love with happy endings at an early age. Two of her inspirational romances won EPIC’s eBook Award and another was a finalist in that contest. Her paranormal, Irons In The Fire, was a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award.
She is a member of the RWA, the Liberty States Fiction Writers, and EPIC Authors. Mother of three daughters, and a retired teacher, she is married to an electrical engineer turned accordionist.
Penelope, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing?
My biggest surprise in publishing was how long it took for readers to accept ebooks. The first time I held a Rocket ereader in my hand (in 1998) I knew ebooks would do well. However, it wasn’t until the Kindle came on the market that the sales of ebooks took off. Now most of the books I sell are ebooks.
Please tell us something about your latest novel, Patriot’s Heart.
Edwin, third son of the Duke of Dalfour, was supposed to become a barrister. He opted to run away and join the army. Shot on a mission to deliver the general’s message, he wakes in Agnes’s barn unaware of how he got there and missing his horse. If he is caught, he could be hung, but Loyalists are also searching for British deserters. If anyone discovers he is the son of the Duke, he is doomed. Agnes tells everyone Edwin is her mother’s cousin, but she soon finds herself falling in love with him. When Loyalists kidnap her sister, Edwin vows to bring the child back from the British held camp. Can Agnes trust him? Or is he using her sister as an excuse to return to his company. Will Agnes ever see her sister again? And will Edwin break her heart?
Patriot’s Heart is set during the Revolutionary War. What drew you to write about this time period and the location of your story?
I live about thirteen miles east of the site of the Battle of Monmouth and have watched reenactments of that battle. The town where I live was a part of the British retreat route. Sandy Hook, thirteen miles east of my home, was a British stronghold during the entire Revolutionary War. There’s a lot of history all around me and I find it fascinating.
Have you found that similar themes throughout your writing?
The stories are meant to be uplifting. So despite obstacles, the couple will overcome the odds and commit to marriage by the end of the book.
Or why not?
There are other threads running through the stories such as forgiveness and the idea that people aren’t always what they seem, but the romance is paramount in all my books.
What drew you to writing historical novels?
If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend?
What do you consider the best resources for historical research?
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Do you prefer to read novels set during the Revolutionary War or the Civil War and why?