InCharacter Interview: Author Piper Huguley

Author Piper Huguley

1. Piper thank you for being here today! When did you begin writing historical romance? 

Well, after a lifetime of loving to read this stuff, it struck me upside the head one day in 2011, that I had what I needed to write historical romance.  So I gave it a try. 

2. Where did the idea behind your Home to Milford College series come from?

The idea came from a contemporary romance of a new college president and the head librarian on campus who was the only no vote on the search committee.  I had to lay out the campus and name the buildings, which then made me curious about how they got there in the first place. That’s how it all got started. 

3. Describe a Piper Huguley romance in three words? 

Loving, warm and dignified.

4. What attracts you to the Reconstruction Era and how do you draw in authenticity to reflect this time period

always wondered about those few African Americans who were credited with making strides just after the Civil War. What did they do and why couldn’t they stay there?  What happened to their dreams when they were forced to go?  I read a lot of the contemporary records at the time and imagine how my characters would have reacted to those feelings/hostilities. No wonder people of the past had to be strong. 

5. What book are you dying to write and do you ever see yourself switching to contemporary fiction? 

There are a series of books in the five year plan.  I won’t say what they are, but I am writing towards them as well as bringing “Home to Milford College” in the contemporary time setting. 

6. Which character would you say is your favorite? 

Hmmm.  Amanda is most like me, but Virgil is. His strength is awesome. 

7. Which celebrity would you base one of your heroes after and why? 

Hmmm.  I’ve been watching a television show called “The Knick” and the black doctor character on there reminds me a lot of Virgil.  He’s played by Andre Holland. 

8. Whom would you say has influenced you the most in your writing? 

Hands down, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring writers who are writing historical romance? 

Read the history. Read the history. Read the history. 

10. What can readers expect next from you? 

More Milford College stories and hopefully, a chance for the next series…:) 

1866: Amanda Stewart promised her dying father to use her education to uplift their race and teach newly-freed slaves. When she arrives in Milford, Georgia, blacksmith and town leader Virgil Smithson tells her female teachers aren’t welcome there. But Virgil made his own promise—he told his dying wife that their daughter would learn to read and write.  In Amanda, Virgil meets a woman whose will is as strong as the iron he fashions. These combatants must put aside their personal feelings to learn God has his own plan that comes from the promises they made to their loved ones.



Piper G Huguley is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series which follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. The Preacher’s Promise is book one in the series. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts.

Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters.  Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014.  Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013.  She blogs about the history behind her novels at She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for having me here Samara! Your webpage is lovely!


  2. Love your books, Piper! Now you've got me intrigued about your new series and that 5 year plan you mentioned! Can't wait to see what unfolds 🙂


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