Elizabeth Caulfield Felt tagged me in her most recent post. She is the author of the adult historical “Syncopation” and the children’s mystery, “The Stolen Golden Violin.” Visit her blog at elizabethcaulfieldfelt.wordpress.com
The following questions pertain to my historical fiction novel Jingo Fever.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My main character is Adelle. She is fictional.
When and where is the story set?
The story is set in Ashland Wisconsin in 1918 during World War I.
What should we know about her?
Adelle, a city girl, feels trapped in Northern Wisconsin for the summer. She and her mother have come here to help care for her uncle who is recovering from influenza. Adelle wants to go home to her friends in Milwaukee. But her most important wish is to hear from her brother who is fighting for the Allies over in France. The family has not heard from him in a long time and Adelle imagines the worst happening to him.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The thing that messes up her life is being stuck up north for the summer and being bullied by local boys because she is German-American. People of German descent were under suspicion and her family suffers because of the jingoistic atmosphere during the war.
What is the personal goal of the character?
She wants to go home, but most of all she wants her brother to be safe, something she has no control over.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title of this middle grade historical novel is Jingo Fever. You can read more about this novel and my other middle grade, Time of the Eagle, on my website: www.stephanielowden.com
When can we expect the book to be published?
Jingo Fever came out in 2011 from Crickhollow Books.
Now it is my turn to tag some author friends. I am going to be posting their interviews soon.
Goldie Alexander at: http://www.goldiealexander.com Author of Neptunia ( middle school fantasy) www.fivesenseseducation.com.au That Stranger next Door:(Historical Fiction): Clandestine Press In Hades(YA verse novel) Celapene Press
Patricia Curtis Pfitsch at: www.patriciacurtispfitsch.wordpress.com Riding the Flume (middle grade historical mystery).