My latest release is a historical set in 1920. It’s a story that takes the reader from Ireland to New York City, to Chicago and to the Arctic Circle. There are seances, cruise liners and even some gangsters in this tale. It was a fun one to write as the hero is quite the devil and doesn’t seem to censor anything he says. This story is very much about him and when I wrote it, I almost felt like I was taking dictation from him.
I started the story in Ireland and it moves to an ocean liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The heroine works in the ship’s lounge as a singer. When I got them to America, I had a moment of panic as I remembered it was Prohibition and liquor sales were illegal. Therefore, I sent the heroine to Chicago to work in a speakeasy. I almost painted myself into a corner there but was able to salvage the story line and think it actually improved by taking the heroine down that road.
The heroine’s favorite drink is straight Paddy’s Whiskey. What’s yours? I like a gin and tonic myself or a glass of pinot grigio.
December, 1920: Mary Margaret Kincade, known as Peg, a devout Catholic, is the only child of an Irish adventurer presumed dead in an Arctic expedition gone awry. When her odious cousin comes to take over the family business and presumes to force Peg into marriage, she decides to make a new life in America by working her way across the ocean on a cruise liner.Liam Cormac, a Protestant member of the Irish Republican Army, fighting for freedom from English rule, signs on to the same ship with the intention of blowing it up in the middle of the ocean. Liam and Peg encounter each other in the first class passenger lounge and the attraction is mutual. When Peg is taken hostage by Liam’s partner, Liam has to make a decision about where his loyalties lie- with his country and his mission or with an Irish Catholic lass.