Setting The Messenger (Bethany House) during the Revolutionary War posed a number of challenges for Siri Mitchell. Writing about the escape of patriot soldiers from a British prison in May, 1778, she explains, “I was able to find out the date that it happened, how many prisoners escaped, and a mention of the patriot lines participating in a diversionary skirmish, but the link between the Continental Army—who had to have planned the escape—and the prisoners has been lost to time. I finally decided that if I couldn’t turn anything up, no one else would probably be able to either. At that point, I gave my novelist self permission to ‘make stuff up’!”

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About The Author

Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area.