Today I'd like you to meet my friend, Yvonne Beverly Blake. She's a writer, which therefor qualifies her as a dreamer. As a matter of fact, she's had the peddler dream...and named him Zeke.
You see, writers are always dreaming of characters, plots, scenes, etc. We see something in real life and instantly day-dream it into a quick storyline. We let our muse, in the form of our characters, carry conversations in our minds. Trust me...our minds are a scary place to be.
Sometimes we have to stuff these stories away and let them sleep because real life is happening all around us, and ultimately must come first. In Yvonne's case, that included raising eight kids. Yes, I said 8 kids. Being the youngest of six myself, I know her hands were tied. (and probably her dishes dirty, floors sticky, and her hamper always full.) While her dreams may have lay dormant during the child-rearing season of her life, they certainly didn't die.
Cocooned up in her heart, mind and dreams since 1976 was the charming, curious little character, Phoebe. Once Blake-child #8 was sufficiently reared, Phoebe was freed from her dormant stage within Yvonne's dreams and her wings began to flutter. Then another one of Yvonne's dreams began to take shape. The dream to publish a novel.
In her new book, A Home for Phoebe, we find our young orphaned Phoebe being cared for by a protective, resourceful Algonkin woman named Massepa. While surviving on the forest's bounty in colonial New York, they long to belong someplace. To have a home. Through friendship's made with Zeke the peddler, a blind granny, and a blacksmith's family, lessons of faith and forgiveness take hold.
I've been to New York...the city, but the thought of colonial New York and forested New York fascinates me. What a rich, history-filled location to base a novel!
I also heard rumor that Yvonne will be giving away a free copy of A Home for Phoebe at the end of the month. So, if you leave a comment on this post, your name will be put in the peddler's hat. You might just be the one to have your name drawn and receive your very own copy of this awesome historical fiction.
Well...I think I hear the clanging of pots and pans on Zeke's peddler wagon preparing to head out, and I'm not dreaming this time. If we sneak on board we'll see where he takes us along the blog tour to help spread the word about Yvonne's new book. Click the picture of Zeke's wagon to learn more info about Yvonne and A Home for Phoebe on April 16th. ---->>>