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.
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.
I 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.
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.
Hmmm. Amanda is most like me, but Virgil is. His strength is awesome.
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.
Hands down, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Read the history. Read the history. Read the history.
More Milford College stories and hopefully, a chance for the next series…:)
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 http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.