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Civil War Songs and Poems

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 21, 2012 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 0 Comments

Music is important to us. We use it to set the mood, lift our spirits, and teach, among other reasons. If we were to look at the most popular songs of America today, we’d get a sense of what is important to our culture, wouldn’t we? When writing historical fiction, we can do the same thing. Looking at the popular songs and poetry gives me a more robust flavor of the Civil War era, and helps me understand the mindsets of my characters better. Music was so much a part of life then (just as it is today) that some of the lyrics made their way into my novel, ...

A Review, an Interview, and a Column!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 01, 2012 in | 0 Comments

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Faith Deployed...Again Wins Selah Award!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 26, 2012 in | 0 Comments
IMG_5468 Faith Deployed...Again wins Selah Award! (See the award on the bottom left of the table.)

 

The 150th Anniversary of TAPS

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 24, 2012 in | 1 Comment

A note from Jocelyn: Last summer, I visited Virginia's Peninsula to research my Civil War novel, Wedded to War. While there, I stayed with Linda Montgomery, the editor of ExcellentorPraiseworthy.org, the...

Web site launched for Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 05, 2012 in | 0 Comments

As we quickly approach the release date of our new book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, my co-author Karen Whiting and I have launched a Web site so you can get a sneak peek at what’s inside! We’ve named it...

Women's Fashion During the Civil War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 01, 2012 in | 10 Comments

Before I could write Wedded to War, I not only had to learn Civil War history, but what everyday life was like for women in the Victorian age. What did they eat? What did they do for fun? What did they wear? This last question was one of the most fascinating to find answers for. I am indebted to costume historian Tom Tierney for creating his Civil War Fashions Coloring Book and American Family of the Civil War Era paper dolls, both of which offer extremely detailed...

Who--Me? Write Fiction? Best Books for the Aspiring Novelist

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 01, 2012 in Writing | 0 Comments

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. But up until recently, it’s been solely nonfiction. So when I first got the bug to try writing a novel, the first thing I did was write to my fiction-writing friends and call my agent. “Am I crazy?” I asked. “Can I possibly make the switch from nonfiction to fiction? Because if you tell me it will never work, I’ll put the idea out of my head right now and just stick with what I know.” I meant it. But they all said the same...

The Real People Who Inspired Wedded to War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Mar 15, 2012 in | 4 Comments

When people ask me where I get ideas for my novels, I tell them it’s pretty easy—history is already full of fascinating characters and dramatic events. Margaret Culkin Banning said it well:

“Fiction is not a dream, nor is it guesswork. It is imagining based on facts, and the facts must be accurate or the work of imagining will not stand up.”

Historical fiction is based on facts--and that includes people who lived during the time period. Today I’d like to share with you five real people who inspired my upcoming Civil War novel,...

We Have a Winner! Book Cover Finalized for Wedded to War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jan 30, 2012 in | 0 Comments

My hat is off to the wonderful team at Moody Publishers for all their hard work on the cover my upcoming novel, Wedded to War. For a sneak peek into the process, take a look at these five cover options they first sent me: wedded to war2 (2) cover comps I posted these at faithdeployed.com and got LOTS of great feedback. We picked a favorite, made several suggestions for improvement, (i.e. her hair needs to be up, she needs an apron, take off the ring, change the number of stars in the U....

Behind the Scenes: Novel in Progress!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Oct 30, 2011 in Behind the Books | 0 Comments

I realize this blog has been pretty quiet lately--and for good reason. I've been writing my first novel, and my goodness, is it all-consuming. But recently, Brittany Biggs, editorial assistant and author relations extraordinaire at Moody Publishers was in town, and she wrote a blog post about our visit. It originally appeared at River North Fiction, but I'd like to share it with you here too: Hello Fiction Friends, I had the pleasure of meeting one of our great authors this weekend. When I first started working here at...

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