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History, Mystery, and ESP
In 1868, very few settlers stopped in southern Kansas. The big cattle drives, so often associated with West, were only a year old. As yet there were no six shooters, no cowboy boots, no barbed wire. But mysticism and divination the were widely accepted.
Meet Ellen Hargrove who, recently widowed, has returned home to her family's trading post along the Chisholm Trail. Ellen has always been troubled by psychic occurrences; but now she is challenged by knowledge about murders in her own community. How can she convince Marshal Stamford that what she "sees" is true? Or maybe it isn't. Perhaps Reed Carter, the gambler who is courting her, is more involved in the area cattle rustlings than she thinks.
FURY IN SUMNER COUNTY gives authentic details of pioneering and cattle drives and the events are punctuated by turbulent Kansas weather. The true story, however, lies in its mystery, where Ellen not only aids in the criminal capture, but finally comes to terms with her own unique talents.
When I learned about the acute interest in paranormal occurrences that thrived in the mid-19th century, the ideas for KANSAS DREAMER began. I read between the lines and extrapolated the way my "subject" might have viewed things. My fiction characters usually endure situations and learn things that a lot of people haven't considered important.
I also wanted to tell about cattle drives and the interesting politics occurring in Kansas after the Civil War. For me, writing historical fiction is like doing a jigsaw puzzle where you work to get all the pieces—the history, the story, the characters—shaped into a coherent whole.