April 12, 2014
L. Dean Pace-Frech
The Battle of Pea Ridge and the Beginning of a Novel
April 12 marks the anniversary of the beginning of Civil War in 1861. This time of year of also signifies the beginning of my writing career in 2008. My husband and I were living in Bella Vista, Arkansas at the time. Just a few miles away was the Pea Ridge National Military Park. It’s one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields it country. One a chilly spring day we took the driving tour and learned about the battle. This was an early decisive battle for the Union Army. The goal was to keep the Confederate Army out of Missouri, a border state. One of the few battle where the Confederate Troops outnumbered the Union Troops, the Federal Army did prevail that day.
When I learned that a small contingent of the Union Army got separated from the main army over night, my mind went to work. March in Missouri/Arkansas can be very, very cold. I think a lot of writers start with the question, What if…
What if during that cold late winter night, two solders figured out they were attracted to each other, or if not loved each other?
That was the start of the backstory for my characters Frank Greerson and Gregory Young. I researched and figured out they were in the Ninth Iowa Infantry Regiment and had been discharged in July of 1865. A huge fan of the Little House books growing up, and John Jakes’s North and South Trilogy, I knew I wanted to follow my characters in their adventure of taming the Kansas Frontier. I started writing A Place to Call Their Own in 2008 and finished in 2012. It was accepted by Musa Publishing for publication in February of last year and released in July.
I can definitely say that the settling of the American West after the Civil War and the Civil War era are my two of my favorite periods in history, what is yours?
Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?
When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.
Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?
An Excerpt from “A Place to Call Their Own”:
About L. Dean Pace-Frech:
With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013. Disappear With Me is his second novel.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.
Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career. He plans to write a sequel to both A Place to Call Their Own and Disappear with Me, but is taking some time away from those characters and worlds to work on a third novel, The Higher Law.
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