I just did an interview on my recently released novel The Call of Zulina, Book 1 of the The Grace in Africa series. It was a call-in show, one of those knee-knockers where you never know who will be on the other end of the line… (“Yeah, well, I’m driving right now and I’m kind of bored. So I thought maybe we could talk for awhile. How old are you, anyway?” Waaayyy, too old, Buddy!!) … or what question a caller might ask. (“So, see, my father never really liked me that much… My marriage has been a disappointment… I just started a new job, but I’m not so sure about it. So… well… What do you think?” Um, about what exactly?)
Actually, the interview–and the calls, too–went quite well.
My favorite comment: “I read The Call of Zulina and it left me breathless. I never knew!”
Answer: Me too. The research left me breathless. I never knew, either.
My best question: “How did the slave trade manage to last so long?”
Answer: Financial benefits twisted into justification. When it is to our advantage, we humans can rationalize away anything. A truly terrifying human trait.
My most frustrating comment: “This could never happen! No African would have married a slave trader!”
Answer: Actually, Grace’s parents are based on a real 18th century couple. I “virtually” met them while I was researching my book Once Blind: The Life of John Newton. I couldn’t get that couple out of my mind. The question kept coming: “What if they’d had a daughter? Who would she be? Where would her sympathies lie?” Voila! The conception of Grace Winslow.
Come visit Grace Winslow. She would love to meet you!
The book: The Call of Zulina
West Africa, 1787: Grace Winslow, the daughter of a mixed marriage between an English sea captain and an African Princess, escapes the family compound to avoid an arranged marriage to a repulsive white slave trader. But she is swept up in a slave revolt where she is forced to face the truth of her family’s business–the slave trading fortress Zulina. With one foot in each of two worlds, she must decide who she is and where her allegiance will lie–black or white, slave or free.
Interested in a free download of chapter 1? Let me know and I’ll zip it over to you!
“You may choose to look the other way, but you can ever again say you did not know.”