SOURCEBOOKS LANDMARK AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE WELCOMES….
GOOD MORNING, JACK AND WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE!!
Tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?
I think most of the readers know I’m a Louisiana native now living in Minnesota with my wife. Like most Cajun men, I’m considered a darn good cook, and I’ll put my gumbo and jambalaya against anybody’s. Few things bug me more that Bad Cajun Food prepared in a restaurant. Two clues for you, my dear readers. One—there is no such thing as jambalaya OVER rice. Jambalaya is made WITH rice. Two—pepper jack cheese is NOT Cajun; it’s TexMex. If you are in a pub or restaurant and see those two things on the menu, do yourself a favor and DON’T order them.
Give us a few insights into the research required in writing historical novels, and the authenticity of the language, characters, and situation as pertains to “THE THREE COLONELS”?
Writing historical romances is a hard business. The fans know their stuff, and any mistake will be pounced on. The author must do their homework. But there also has to be something more. To fully engage the reader’s interest, the author must bring some new insight to the story.
In my first novel, PEMBERLEY RANCH, I talked about Reconstruction in Texas after the Civil War. In THE THREE COLONELS, I wanted to illustrate the disconnect between Regency society and the wars on the European continent.
Bernard Cornwell, Georgette Heyer, and I seized upon the same bizarre incident of members of London society journeying to Belgium to entertain themselves in a war zone as if it was some grand performance. The same thing happened during the Civil War at the First Battle of Bull Run (or First Manassas) in 1861.
Why do you think the characters Colonels Sir John Buford, Richard Fitzwilliam, and Christopher Brandon, and their lady loves, lend themselves so well to both writers and readers?
Brandon is the true romantic lead in Sense & Sensibility, while Fitzwilliam is the most popular minor character in all of Austen’s canon. I believe many female readers have a sort of kinship with Marianne. Anne de Bourgh is a blank canvas, just dying to be filled.
Caroline Bingley is more challenging. She’s become the lady woman love to hate, the stereotypical Regency “mean girl.” I think she gets a bit of a bad rap. True, she’s a selfish social-climber, but I don’t see her as evil. I enjoy stories where she gets her comeuppance, takes her humiliation to heart, and redeems herself.
As for my original character, Colonel Sir John Buford, what reader doesn’t love a reformed rake?
What is on the horizon for you and your writing career?
I’m currently working on a sequel to THE THREE COLONELS, entitled ROSINGS PARK. I have several other ideas I’d like to follow up on—perhaps a sequel to PEMBERLEY RANCH. I also have other manuscripts I’d like to see published.
Who is the hero/heroine in your life?
I owe a lot to my parents, and I love my kids to death. But the greatest influence in my life is my dear lover, editor, and muse—my wife, Barbara. I thank God for her every day.
MBA&M: What are some of your favorite things to do when relaxing?
JACK: When not writing, I enjoy golf and cooking. Barbara and I are also avid travelers, and we wish we could do far more of it. My wife got me to watch Dancing with the Stars; I, in revenge, turned her on to NASCAR. So we’re even.
MBA&M: Tell us where to find you and where to find “THE THREE COLONELS.”
JACK: THE THREE COLONELS is available in print and e-book format from your favorite bookseller.
Jack, do you have anything to add?
Published authors do want to sell books. But darn few of us can make a living at it. It means the world to us to have people who have enjoyed our work write and tell us. It makes our day to see a positive review, even if it is something as small as, “I liked it.”
I’m not begging for me, you understand, but for all us authors out there. If you really like a book you’ve read, please post something at Amazon or B&N. The author will love you for it.
Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!
About the Author – Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make the upper Midwest their home.
His nickname—The Cajun Cheesehead—came from his devotion to his two favorite NFL teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. (Every now and then, Jack has to play the DVD again to make sure the Saints really won in 2010.)
Always a history buff, Jack found and fell in love with Jane Austen in his twenties, struck by her innate understanding of the human condition. Jack uses his work to share his knowledge of history. Through his characters, he hopes the reader gains a better understanding of what went on before, developing an appreciation for our ancestors’ trials and tribulations.
When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons.
Jack’s blog postings—The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles—appear regularly at Austen Authors.
Web site – Ramblings of a Cajun in Exile – http://webpages.charter.net/jvcla25/
Blog – Austen Authors – http://austenauthors.net/
THE THREE COLONELS
Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2012)
Book Description(from Amazon)
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