1415 A.D. Fiona’s world is a carefully built castle in the air, made up of the fancies, wishes, and memories of her childhood. It begins to crumble as she watches her brother march away to join in the English invasion of France. It falls to pieces when he is brought home dead. Robbed of the one dearest to her and alone in the world, Fiona turns to her brother’s silver cross in search of the peace he said it would bring. But when she finds it missing, she swears she will have it and sets out on a journey across the Channel and war-ravaged France to regain it and find the peace it carries.
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What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write. When you first start out, put down the self-help and guidebooks and practice your art without the pressure of rules and opinions. They’re important – don’t get me wrong – but many writers get ahead of themselves by trying to learn through dos and don’ts what can only be gleaned through practice. Writing is an art, not a mechanical process.
Abigail Hartman is, unfortunately, a more boring person than her characters. From her home in the South she researches bizarre stuff like alchemy and the Age of Sail and then ties them up into historical novels (with the help of Twinings black tea and her tabby cat). A soon-to-be homeschool graduate, she will be attending college as a History major, where she will continue to research bizarre stuff. The Soldier’s Cross is her debut novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After finishing one book and moving on to others, it can be difficult to remember the initial spark of inspiration. For The Soldier’s Cross, it was a combination of my love for history, an idea of a girl seeking sanctuary in a medieval church, and Shakespeare’s Henry V. They all rolled together and, though the sanctuary scene never properly got into the final product, created my debut historical novel.