“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus Garvey
It's finally April! Since I have a bad case of Spring Fever this year, I have been looking forward to watching the flowers and trees finally burst open and to getting my hands dirty in the garden.
But warm weather is not the only reason I am excited. April is also Confederate History Month, and I am really honored to help spread the word about this important component in our nation's history. I urge everyone to visit the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans' Confederate Heritage website for updates on events and proclamations, and to take some time to learn about those who helped shape this country.
One of the goals I had when writing my historical fiction novel, Shades of Gray, was to compel readers who really had no interest in the War Between the States (or those who had been taught a politically correct view) to want to learn more. That will be my goal this month as well over at my Jessica James blog. I will be posting throughout April on topics that focus on Confederate history, and hope you will stop by and take a look.
As I noted above, I will be giving away two signed copies of Shades of Gray and look forward to reading everyone's comments!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Hello and welcome to the site of historical fiction author Jessica James. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you will come back again soon.
For those of you who have just stumbled upon my site, I am the author of Shades of Gray: A Novel of the Civil War in Virginia (Jan. 2008), and I am working on my second novel Above and Beyond.
The release of Shades of Gray in January, 2008, was the culmination of years of research on the brave men who fought in the Civil War on the soil of Virginia. As you can see from some of the reviews on the right-hand column, the book has been praised for its attention to historical detail--but don't get the idea it's just a Civil War book. It is, more than anything, a love story.
For those of you who have read the book and enjoyed it, I hope you stop back in as I post "the missing chapters." The book was originally more than 1,000 pages, so there are a number of sub-plots that didn't make the cut.
Stop back soon!