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Faith, Revolution, and Dreams with Laura Frantz THE MISTRESS OF TALL ACRE

The Mistress of Tall Acre
Laura Frantz




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September 2015
On Sale: September 1, 2015
Featuring: Sophie Menzies; Seamus Ogilvy
400 pages
ISBN: 080072044X
EAN: 9780800720445
Kindle: B00XNJGKVS
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Also by Laura Frantz:
The Rose and the Thistle, January 2023
A Heart Adrift, January 2022
Tidewater Bride, January 2021
An Uncommon Woman, January 2020


Laura Frantz, author of THE MISTRESS OF TALL ACRE joins Fresh Fiction to talk about revolution, faith, and dreams!

Jen: Hi, Laura. Thank you for joining us here at Fresh Fiction!

Laura: My pleasure to be your guest ~ thank you!

Jen: I read that you write your first drafts in longhand! How many pages/notebooks do you typically use for a first draft? Do you edit while writing on paper or do you wait until you get it onto the computer?

Laura: I typically use about 10 notebooks per first draft. One of the most fun parts of the process is typing those chapters into a Word doc. I always wait to edit till they’re on my computer. There is scientific evidence that shows the creative process is very different writing longhand vs. typing.

Jen: Your novels take place during the 18th century. What is it about this time period that you find so fascinating?

Laura: Given it’s the birthday of our nation, there is endless story material, much of it passionate and tumultuous and memorable, plenty of historical fireworks. Plus, my favorite heroes and heroines are from that century – Daniel Boone, Betty Zane, George and Martha Washington, George Whitefield, George Rogers Clark (pardon all the Georges!), James Harrod, Simon Kenton, Eliza Pinckney, Abigail Adams, etc.

Jen: THE MISTRESS OF TALL ACRE takes place directly after the Revolutionary War. While you do show the many hardships during this time, Sophie’s position really brings home the position women and young ladies were forced into because of poverty. Yet Sophie bears it all with grace. What do you think is essential for a person to get through the hard times?

Laura: Then and now, FAITH. You’ll find diaries and letters and other sources from that time period full of references to God and the strength and direction He provided. George Washington called for days of prayer and fasting during the Revolutionary War and I am sure this turned the tide of what was a very difficult struggle against nearly impossible odds. Behind the scenes were women like Sophie who provided endless acts of heroism themselves but whose stories remain unwritten.

Jen: Capturing how a child speaks and acts and reacts is extremely difficult to do, but many reviewers have commented on how charming and loveable Lily Cate is. How do you approach writing a character who is a child and is it different than writing an adult character?

Laura: I’m so thrilled Lily Cate rings true to readers! I certainly loved creating her, perhaps because I only have boys :). Since I’m a former preschool teacher, I drew on that experience. One of the things I like most about these littles is that they’re so transparent and concrete and ‘in the moment.’ Adults wear many masks and have manifold layers thus making them inaccessible and hard to read oftentimes. I wanted Lily Cate to breathe fresh air into the angst and chaos of Tall Acre, bringing healing and hope.

Jen: What would be your advice to new authors?

Laura: Write your heart out. Write the book you can’t find on the shelves but are desperate to read. Read authors who write better than you. Pray. Submit your words and your writing dream to God.

Jen: Can you give us a hint about what you’re working on now?

Laura: I’ve just penned THE END on another 18th-century frontier novel set in one of Kentucky’s most picturesque places. I can’t wait for readers to join me in 1777, ‘the year of the bloody sevens’ as it was called. I’ve even snuck some Boones in the book! Since I live in a log cabin along the original Boone’s Trace, I feel extra inspired to write this one.

Jen: Sounds beautiful and interesting! Thank you for joining us!

About Laura Frantz

Author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748- 1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement.

But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

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2 comments posted.

Re: Faith, Revolution, and Dreams with Laura Frantz THE MISTRESS OF TALL ACRE

I love Historical novels, and love the story line to this book!!
This is going to make a wonderful read this Fall!! I have it on
my TBR list. The cover is stunning!! Congratulations on your
book, and I'm sure it's going to do well!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:43am September 20, 2015)

Jen, Honored to be here on your beautiful, book-loving
site! Heartfelt thanks to Peggy for her interest and
gracious comments. Bless you both!
(Laura Frantz 8:14pm September 20, 2015)

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