- You indicate that Colonel McMinn is loosely based on an actual person, Colonel George Clark. How did you create Roxanna Rowan?
Roxanna, in the words of my editor, is a “complicated woman.” Her first name is taken from my great-grandmother and her last name is one of my favorite treesJ. I wanted to create a woman who could offset my hero’s flaws and weaknesses and stand up to the pressures of the time, someone a man of his stature could respect and come to love. I admire her spunk and determination despite her own flaws.
- Frontier American was a harsh world. Do you feel Christian beliefs were an integral part of survival for many? If so why or why not?