Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Men of Rohan! Oaths you have taken!"

 I am starting something new. At least trying to. I have decided, whenever possible, that after I finish a self or independent published book I will interview the Author.

 To start off my new endeavor, I was given the chance to interview Emily, Author of the Civil War story It Took a War. My review can be found HERE!!!

 And now, let me introduce you to Emily!!

1. Your book is historical fiction, what first sparked your interest in the Civil War time period? Has it been something you've always enjoyed studying and reading on or did you pick that period because it fit best with your plot?

I’ve been interested in the Civil War for quite a few years. The events that sparked my interest were participating in Civil War reenactments and frequent trips to Gettysburg! After spending a weekend in Gettysburg for the first time, I started coming up with story ideas. Those ideas eventually turned into It Took a War!

2. How much research did you do for your book? Did you learn anything about the Civil War you didn't know before you started to research?

I did so much research! Sometimes I would spend entire afternoons pouring over research books. I really wanted to make sure it was historically accurate, and I knew I needed to invest the time to make that happen. I learned so much about the daily life of Union soldiers, especially at training camps. I even visited where Camp Curtin used to be in downtown Harrisburg. This was the camp where my main characters trained in It Took a War.

3. Do you enjoy writing historical fiction? Do you plan on writing more? (Personally, I hope the answer is yes 8-D)

The answer is a hearty YES! Historical Fiction is my favorite thing to write. I’m planning on writing much more! At the moment, I’m working on a novel about Hans and Sophie Scholl, resistance leaders in Nazi Germany. I’m also hoping to write a book about the Newsboys strike of 1899 in NYC.

4. What was the hardest part about publishing?

It Took a War was my first self-published book so I was pretty clueless when it came to Createspace. I feel much more confident now for the next book I publish! It was definitely a learning experience. Also, promoting my book is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. It’s very time consuming for a writer who just wants to write!

5. What gave you the idea for the cover? Did you make it on your own or did someone do it for you? (As someone who makes covers for my books, I must add that I really loved yours and it was one of the things which first drew me to the book.)

I looked at other historical fiction covers to generate some ideas. I knew I wanted both characters on the cover and I started sketching some ideas. I hired Rachel Rossano to make the cover and she caught my vision immediately!

6. What was the hardest part about writing a historical novel? And the easiest?

The hardest part was knowing when to stop researching. It’s endless! I could still be here researching. I learned to do my research well, but then just write. I didn’t want to bog down the story with details, but I wanted the time period to shine through the story. That was a hard balance. The easiest part was coming up with the characters!

Thank you for your time!!! And your book!! I really enjoyed it.

Thank you for hosting me on your blog!!

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Emily Ann Putzke is a 19 year old Christian, homeschool graduate and history lover. Besides writing historical fiction, she enjoys photography (especially photographing her nieces and nephew), reading, spending time with her family, Civil War reenacting, traveling and a good cup of coffee. She resides in New York State where she drinks in the beautiful autumns and tries to endure the long winters

 Quote is from The Return of the King, but I have a bad feeling I have it mixed up with Aragorn's. (I meant to quote Eomer as the men were riding off to Gondor. If someone wishes to correct me, go for it.




  1. I haven't watched the movies in a while, but I heard/read that quote in Aragorn's voice.

    Great interview. I definitely have to check out this book. I love novels set in the civil war era.

  2. No you were right. That's Eomer's cry. :) Golly, I want to watch those again!

    Good interview. Historical fiction is so awesome!

  3. I can only imagine how much research goes into historical fiction. I know another author who writes in that genre - the two of you should get together for promotions. That seems to work well.

  4. Sophie Scholl. <3 Must read that when you work it out! <3


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