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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Thank you all for stopping by my corner of the blogging world today! I'm simply thrilled to be a part of Jill Stengl's blog tour for her unforgettable novel, Until That Distant Day.

Author Bio
Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader's Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Fresh Highland Heir. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit. class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel.

She blogs at Books, Cats, and Whimsy. Do stop by and follow her to keep up with all her writing and reading-related activities!

Back Cover Description

Colette and her brother Pascoe are two sides of the same coin, dependent upon one another in the tumultuous world of the new Republic. Together they labor with other leaders of the sans-culottes to ensure freedom for all the downtrodden men and women of France.

But then the popular uprisings turn bloody and the rhetoric proves false. Suddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of violence. Charged with protecting an innocent young woman and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust as the bloodshed creeps ever closer to home.

Until that distant day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones . . . even from one another?

"Jill Stengl is one of the rare authors with the ability to transport the reader to another world--a delightfully rich world of scent and sight and sound.” – Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Echoes of Mercy
“Award-winning author Jill Stengl has created her greatest work yet in the inspiring and moving Until That Distant Day.” Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of the Wives of King David series.

What a treat it was to be able to ask the author a question! Although I must say it was rather hard to leave it at just one question...

What aspect of writing a historical novel do you find the most challenging?

As far as the historical aspect goes, my greatest challenge in writing a historical novel is avoiding anachronisms. My characters need to think, speak, and react as people of their time period, not mine.

For example, in Until That Distant Day I wished to portray my characters as true Catholics, for in this setting and time period, it would make no sense to portray them as behaving, thinking, or speaking as modern evangelicals or Protestants.

But I am not Catholic myself! I did my best to portray my characters and their beliefs in love and in truth.

Another challenging aspect of this particular novel was the complete lack of hygiene in eighteenth-century Parisian society! So, for the most part, I just don’t go there. LOL
A more general difficulty in writing historical novels is the problem of conflicting sources. Two eye-witnesses to the same event sometimes contradict each other. So which account should an author use? If details conflict, I try to avoid using either. I’m sure I made some mistakes that would offend any serious historian, but I’m hoping for a bit of grace. After all, this is fiction. Heh.
Thank you for joining my blog tour, Clara!

Thank you Mrs. Stengl for writing a fantastic novel!
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  1. Yes, it made perfect sense that the people of revolutionary Paris were Catholic. Colette's interaction with her priest was very moving.

    Thank you, Jill and Clara.

    And today I learned what an anachronism is! :o)

    1. Thank you, Becky! I appreciate your encouragement so much!

  2. Yay! As a Catholic, I really appreciate the lengths you took to be historically accurate, even when it conflicted with your own beliefs. : ) Great job!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you approve, Allison. Several of my good friends and lit students are Catholic as well--one of them gave me advice and pointers that were very helpful. :-)