Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Happy Endings - with Penelope Marzec


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.

Patriot’s Heart is the story of Agnes and Edwin. Agnes, a blacksmith, runs the forge while her father fights in the Continental Army. The morning after the Battle of Monmouth, she discovers a wounded British soldier in her barn. Despite the risk, she vows to heal him as she believes a good Samaritan should.

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?

Since all my books are romances, there’s always a happy ending and two people falling in love.

Why?

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?

I’ve always enjoyed reading historical novels and I love history. I find the details fascinating. Part of my interest may be due to my mother’s collection of antiques, but my father’s career in journalism may also be a factor. I have always visited historical sites and very often find inspiration in those places. History is full of interesting characters and I enjoy reading about them.

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?

I’ll go way back. I loved Gone With the Wind. After that, I enjoyed Victoria Holt’s  historical Gothic novels. Later, I devoured Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s books. However, those are just the tip of the iceberg.

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

More tomorrow from author, Penelope Marzec. Please leave a comment by answering the question we are asking below for a chance to win her novel, Patriot's Heart. Don't forget to include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com before 8:30 a.m. EDT this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing. Penelope will send a paper back to a winner in the U.S. or Canada. International readers qualify to win an ebook. 

Do you prefer to read novels set during the Revolutionary War or the Civil War and why?

20 comments:

Kathleen Rouser said...

While I loved reading Gone with the Wind, I tend
to prefer reading novels that are set during the
Revolutionary War. There's such an excitement
there for me knowing that our nation was being
created and the sacrifices made during that time.
I just enjoy reading about that time period! It
was an experiment in government the world had
been waiting for!

What about you, readers? Please join in on the
discussion and get your name in the drawing!

Penelope Marzec said...
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Penelope Marzec said...

Kathleen,

From what I've read, women had considerably more freedom during the Revolutionary War--also less restrictive clothing. :-)

Britney Adams said...

I really enjoy reading about both time periods. History is fascinating and I love learning more! I especially enjoy those little known tidbits or things that have been forgotten.

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Peggy Trotter said...

Penelope! Love the waking in the barn thing! What a great teaser! It sounds like an exciting read!

Cathy Lykens said...

I am not partial to one particular historical period--I enjoy reading just about anything. I was a disengaged learner of history in school, so I really soak up the details in the books I read.

traveler said...

The background of The Revolutionary War is very interesting and influenced the future greatly.

Penelope Marzec said...

Britney Adams,

Yes, it's the little tidbits of history that make it fascinating. :-)

Penelope Marzec said...

Peggy Trotter,

I had that barn scene in my mind for ages. It just wouldn't let go until I finally put it down on paper. :-)

Penelope Marzec said...

Cathy Lykens,

I enjoy reading about most historical periods, too. However, I am glad I am living here in the 21st century. I like our modern conveniences. :-)

Kathleen Rouser said...

And though they may not have had to wear
corsets during the Revolutionary War, I'm
going to bet our clothing today
is much more comfortable, Penelope! Lots
of good reasons to live in the 21rst century!
:)

Anonymous said...

This is hard to choose for I like both. But guess will pick the Civil War oeriod. Not sure why except that would be the one my great grandfather served in. I would love to win your book. Thanks for a chance to win it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

This is hard to choose for I like both. But guess will pick the Civil War oeriod. Not sure why except that would be the one my great grandfather served in. I would love to win your book. Thanks for a chance to win it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Cindy Thomson said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone, but please leave your emails! Thanks.

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