In the Colorado boom town of Leadville in 1880, Inez Stannert has mixed feelings about President Ulysses S. Grant's upcoming visit to celebrate the arrival of the railroad. She fears that the actions of some folks with wicked memories of the war just might signal a return of lawlessness to the town.
As a native Coloradoan I'm looking forward to enjoying this book and checking out the first book in the series. However, the repeated references to the "thin air" and "scrawny trees" seem a bit overdone.
Hello Irene and Susan (and other readers of this forum),
Glad to see that you're enjoying Iron Ties so far! I must admit, it's a curious sensation to see bits of my own book pop up in my email every morning. The old internal editor kicks in and I have to kick back hard when that little voice murmurs, "Ah, you *should* have edited that phrase" or "you *could* have said such-and-such." As a friend of mine likes to say: "Coulda, woulda, shoulda..."
What's past is past, right? (Probably a good motto for a historical fiction writer...)
Questions, anyone? Comments? Be sure and speak up. I'll be dropping in on the Forum, this week and next, and would love to chat.
Ann Parker, author of IRON TIES, http://www.annparker.net
I don't usually read a mystery set in a different time period, but as soon as I saw it was set in Leadville I was hooked. I love Colorado and just visiting Leadville I can imagine what it must have been like long ago. I am looking forward to picking this one up.
Hello everyone, Ann Parker (author of Iron Ties) back again.
It's interesting to me to see how several of your comments remark on the setting of Leadville as being a "hook" for catching your interest.
From what I've observed, it seems that different authors come to their stories by different paths: For some, a character "walks in" and is the impetus for writing. For others, it may be a "what if" scenario of some kind. For yet others it's a place, real or imaginary, that calls to them. As you might have guessed, for me, it is the latter. I fell in love with Leadville -- what it is and what it was -- and that passion is what drives me even now as I work on the third Silver Rush book (although the characters are also clamoring...).
It's a hypothesis, in any case, and when reading other authors, I try to guess what "muse" called first to them, to intuit where their primary passions lie. I think the answer often comes through in the writing...
And Peg -- re: the thin air and trees ... Good catch! I think you found one of my "coulda, would, shoulda" bits (see my first post here). I'll have to keep this in mind as I make my way through Silver Rush #3. Thanks!
Ann Parker, http://www.annparker.net
I too have visited Leadville, but it was over 4o years ago so I`m sure much has changed. I too loved the history of the old mining towns and reading a mystery based on the history is a pleasure, I am finding. I don`t care where a writer gets his or her muse as long as they can hold my interest. I have been a mystery fan since about the age of 10, but recently I have found (often through Suzanne`s book club) some fascinating non-fiction, which has kept me from the mysteries. Thank you for an interesting book, and I do plan to find it and read the rest of the book asap!
Thank you, Irene, for your comments and your encouragement. Happy readers make my day! I hope you enjoy the rest of the book as well...
And thank you, everyone, for coming along for the Iron Ties read!
Perhaps I'll see some of you (virtually speaking) here or there in other DearReader forums. I'm afraid DearReader is proving dangerous to my to-be-read lists!
-- Ann Parker, author of Iron Ties