Title: Love Beyond Boundaries
Genre: Historical Romance/Multicultural/Clean & Wholesome
Synopsis: It’s often said “love is blind.” This proves to be true in this romantic tale set in the 1800s. When Jackson, a freed black man falls in love with Tika, a white girl, they must keep their feelings hidden or face the backlash and scorn from white slave owners. Tika’s brother, Sawyer Craft, raised to be a fighter against injustice and ill treatment of slaves, is determined not to allow the complications of falling in love, keep him from carrying out his father’s legacy. He is taken off guard when he rescues a slave girl and brings her home to live on the family land where she can be free. He never expected his heart to be taken captive in the deal. “Love Beyond Boundaries” explores love, racism, and struggles of the Craft family and their journey all woven in a romantic tale.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Evelyn Taylor Stamps. She has the honor of being the oldest author spotlighted on my blog. She began writing late in life, but now, it is her passion. Welcome to my blog, Ms. Evelyn
CH: Why should we read this historical romance about love and racism in the 1800’s?
ETS: It is my belief if readers read Love Beyond Boundaries, they will see the force of love that shines and gives light and direction to the darkest part of a human’s struggle. It is not a dull, lifeless, story, but one filled with love and forgiveness. Throughout history, we are introduced to the harshness of slavery. In Love Beyond Boundaries, readers will witness the softer side of this horrible time of slavery and the ill-treatment of black people through the eyes of two couples.
CH: How did you come up with the premise for this story?
ETS: This story was birthed with fondness and admiration after listening for years to my grandfather’s account of his great-grandfather’s account of a white abolitionist named Sawyer Craft. I took his stories and weaved this romantic tale.
CH: This story is about a white person and a black person falling in love during slavery. Is this story based on a real-life event?
ETS: Yes, as I mentioned earlier, I weaved this story from all the beautiful stories my grandfather shared with me and my siblings about Sawyer Craft. Of course, the story is romantic fiction, but it is based on the stories he told us.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
ETS: It had its challenges because I had to get inside my great-grandfather’s mind. How could he find fulfillment, joy and happiness being a slave? He had such admiration for this man named Sawyer Craft. He passed this admiration down through generations, because my grandfather talked about him, as if he knew about him personally. In turn, I found myself writing this book.
CH: Did you have to do a lot of special research to write this book?
ETS: Yes, I did. I studied and researched the lives of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, and Frederick Douglass, so I could get a feel of what was going on at that time, especially, from the standpoint of those who were working to free slaves. I incorporated some of the things Turner, Tubman, Douglas and others did to help free slaves, or gain education, and then wove stories around them in Love Beyond Boundaries.
CH: Which character was your favorite to write?
ETS: Sawyer Craft was my favorite character to write about, because he was determined to help slaves gain their freedom, while he struggled internally with his own emotions.
CH: Which character was hardest to develop?
ETS: I found it difficult to write about slavery and not so much about a particular character. When I thought about how slaves were treated and then having to write about it, it bothered me personally.
CH: Did you run into any challenges while writing this book?
ETS: I wouldn’t say I ran into any real challenges, because I enjoy writing so much. I love developing stormy, but demure-charged love scenes. At the age of 82, I’m still a romanticist and knowing that makes me smile. Love is so much a part of my nature. Thinking about love keeps me in a happy state of mind. Remember, just because there is snow on the roof does not mean there is not fire in the furnace!
CH: Thanks for that reminder, Ms Evelyn. So, where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?
ETS: Statistics say we are living longer. As senior citizens, what do we do with that extra time? The fact that at the age of 82, I am able to concentrate and put into words on a piece of paper and others can read and be informed, enlightened, and find enjoyment—it fascinates me. Seniors are antique teenagers and we still have a lot to contribute to this society.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
ETS: I believe readers will find pleasure, joy and entertainment in my stories. My writing career did not start until I was the ripe young age of 80, but love has no boundaries. I think this can be seen clearly in some of my other titles like To Begin Again With Worn Out Tools and When Love Was In the Heart. Love is universal and my romanticism portrayed in my stories shows that in my own unique way of storytelling.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
ETS: I think the message in this particular novel is that love can blossom at any time, in the most unexpected situations, times, and places.
CH: What type of feedback have you received from readers?
ETS: My readers tell me that they love reading my books. Many times they can relate to something or some incident in the books I write, especially, from the senior standpoint.
CH: Can you tell my audience how you got started writing books?
ETS: I am a member of the Josephine Lewis Center, where I am part of a senior group of individuals. They offer a creative writing group for seniors at the center, as well, which I love participating in the group. Some time ago, we had an author visit our group. She gave us pointers on writing, taught us the difference between fiction and non-fiction and left us with tools we could use to improve our writing. I believe, that’s where I was bitten by the writing bug. Shortly thereafter, I met author, editor and publisher, Shelia Bell, who helped me bring my stories to life in the form of books! I’ve been writing ever since.
CH: What do you enjoy most about writing?
ETS: Growing old can rob a person of joy, as there are so many things we have to encounter as we journey through the aging process. Through writing, I have found a reason to rise above all of my challenges, because the beautiful fact remains ‘I am alive.’ This literary journey has taken me on a whole other level of living my best life. I still find it amazing that I can go to my computer and ideas come to me. Some mornings, I wake up in pain or my foot won’t move or this and that, but writing is an incentive for me to keep moving, and to keep going. It’s a message for me, and I hope for whoever reads this, that it is never too late to put your dreams into action. There may be some things you never dreamed about, but you can do it. Writing has given me new friends in the characters I write about. It keeps my 82-year old mind active.
CH: What is your next writing project?
ETS: Presently, I am working on my next book, entitled Ricochet. Have you wondered about the things that cause your life to change? I’m writing about those changes through the eyes of my new character, Hunter Davis.
CH: How to Find Evelyn Taylor Stamps:
- Ms. Evelyn’s Facebook: https://bit.ly/2QBB18N
- Ms. Evelyn’s Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2AGTzdG
- Ms. Evelyn’s Author Page: https://amzn.to/2zznJzw
CH: Can you tell my audience where this book is sold?
ETS: You can purchase my books online from sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as well as, other online retailers. You can also contact me at email@example.com to purchase personally autographed copies of my books.
CH: Any closing remarks?
ETS: I definitely want to thank you, Cheryl Holloway, for showcasing Love Beyond Boundaries on your blog. I want to say ‘thank you’ to all the wonderful people who have purchased or will purchase my books. I ask that you continue to support my literary efforts and remember me in your prayers.
CH: Thank you so much, Ms. Evelyn Taylor Stamps, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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