Jennifer Hudson Taylor on the Conclusion of The MacGregor Legacy Series
Your latest novel is about the War of 1812 and one woman's journey to Ohio from the Carolina coast. The War of 1812 isn't as popular among writers for movies and books. Why do you think this is? And why did you feel this story was one worth telling?
I think the War of 1812 gets lost between the Revolutionary War where our country gained our independence and the Civil War, which literally tore our country apart. Since the War of 1812 wasn't as catastrophic in comparison and didn't last as long, it fails to attract as much attention. However, it was this very reason that I wanted to write about it. People do not know as much about this war, and I thought it would be more interesting to read about something different.
Most of the stories set in 1813 were about English Regency, but so many other things were taking place all around the world besides Jane Austen's tiny corner--as much as I love Jane Austen's stories. Also, in researching my family history, I discovered that my 4th great-grandfather, Jesse Hudson signed up in the War of 1812.
What makes this book unique for readers?
There are a few chapters that cover the real history of the battle that took place on Lake Erie. At the beginning of the book, I've written a letter to readers letting them know how much of the book was fiction and what parts of real life history I incorporated into the story. In all of my stories, I do a lot of historical research and include real history. For romance readers, there is also a romance, so don't worry.
Can you tell us about your research process?
I'm not sure that I have a process. I find something that captures my interest and I dig up more info on it. I keep digging and digging until I feel I have enough to move forward with the story. Depending on the details, I may create a character sketch of all my fictional characters and include real historical people as I find details on them. I pay attention to clues and figure out the hints left behind regarding their personalities and let my imagination fill in the gaps. Sometimes I create a timeline of activities and events to help me stay focused as the story unfolds.
This book is part of your MacGregor Legacy series. How does this novel fit into the series? What are some overarching themes in the series and what's planned for the future?
For Love or Liberty is the third book in The MacGregor Legacy series. The first book, For Love or Loyalty, follows the MacGregor family from Scotland to the Carolinas. The second book, For Love or Country, follows the second generation through the Revolutionary War as the family fights for their independence from England. Faith, Freedom and sacrifice are consistent themes in all three novels.
As for what the future holds, I am taking a little break from writing and working on my digital marketing projects through Upon the Rock Publicist and www.digital-altitude.com. I love to build responsive websites, create graphic design and motion graphics projects as much as I enjoy writing stories. I will probably self-publish a few novels in the future and expand into other genres. I have a new Regency series that I have started writing and a contemporary thriller that I'm considering.