Rita Gerlach’s characters from her latest historical, Before the Scarlet Dawn (Abingdon Press), leave England in 1775, desperate for a new beginning, a common motivation for those seeking the shores of America. Rita’s research revealed that the hope of religious freedom was key—and yet that began to change. “By the time the winds of revolution were beginning to blow in the Colonies, people left England for America to start a new life, escape poverty, acquire land, and make their fortunes.” Her characters, Eliza and Hayward, do likewise.

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About The Author

Rita Gerlach has published three historical novels plus articles in Writers Gazette, Write to Inspire, Will Write 4 Food and The Christian Communicator. She also is the editor of Stepping Stones Magazine, an online website focused on writing, marketing, and promotion for writers. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and The Western Maryland Writers Guild. She currently lives in Frederick, Maryland.