Interview with B.N. Peacock, author of A Tainted Dawn

Publisher: Fireship Press

Publish Date: March 1, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: August 1789. The Rights of Man. Liberty. Equality. Idealism. Patriotism.

A new age dawns.

And yet, old hostilities persist: England and Spain are on the brink of war. France, allied by treaty with Spain, readies her warships. Three youths--the son of an English carpenter, the son of a naval captain, an the son of a French court tailor--meet in London, a chance encounter that entwines their lives thereafter. The English boys find themselves on the same frigate bound for the Caribbean. The Frenchman sails to Trinidad, where he meets an even more zealous Spanish revolutionary. As diplomats in Europe race to avoid conflict, war threatens to erupt in the Caribbean, with the three youths pitted against each other.

Will the dawn of the boys' young manhood remain bright with hope? Or will it become tainted with their countrymen's spilt blood?

Author Bio: B. N. Peacock’s love of history started in childhood, hearing stories of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire from her immigrant grandparents.  They related accounts handed down from their grandparents about battlefields so drenched in blood that grass cut there afterwards oozed red liquid. Such tales entranced her. These references probably dated to the time of the Napoleonic Wars. No wonder she was drawn to this time period.

In addition to history, she showed an equally early proclivity for writing, winning an honorable mention in a national READ magazine contest for short stories. The story was about history, of course, namely the battle of Bunker Hill as seen from the perspective of a British war correspondent.

The passion for writing and history continued throughout high school and undergraduate studies. She was active in her high school newspaper, eventually becoming its editor-in-chief. After graduation, she majored in Classical Studies (Greek and Latin) at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. In her junior year, life took one of those peculiar turns which sidetrack one.  A year abroad studying at Queen Mary College, University of London in England led to the discovery of another passion, travel. She returned and finished her degree at F&M, but now was lured from her previous interests in history and writing.

Her work continues on Book Two in The Great War series, tentatively to be called Army of Citizens, with new trips planned to England, France and Belgium.

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

A Tainted Dawn is the story of three young men caught up in the opening stages of revolution and threatening war.  Set during 1789-90, it is a tale of how ideals, such as liberty and equality play out on the stage of life.  Edward Deveare is an upper class English youth who wants to become a naval officer.

Louis Saulnier is a French law student turned revolutionary, despite his father being a wealthy tailor to the nobility. Jemmy Sweetman is a working class English youth, whose family has been reduced to poverty. He also longs to get away and go to sea. The three meet in London, and thereafter their lives  become entwined. When a trade dispute between England and Spain threatens to turn into war, with France on Spain’s side, the three find themselves pitted against each other.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I wanted to show history from more than one viewpoint. Having three characters from different backgrounds, and eventually three different countries seemed the perfect way to do it.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

While I didn’t start out to be a writer, I have always loved history. I particularly liked reading about the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Lord Nelson was my childhood hero. I also heard tales from my grandparents, passed down from their grandparents, about battlefields where the grass oozed red liquid when cut. I didn’t realize it at the time, but they were probably talking about this same era, since they lived in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. When I decided to write a book, I set the story in the time period I liked best.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

I would add a list of characters, a glossary, and some maps for the benefit of my readers. I have seen this done in other books and it works quite well.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Cutting the story down to a manageable level proved challenging because there was so much I wanted to include.  In the end, I decided to opt for a series rather than an epic.  I also had problems finding time to write.  All too often I ended up writing late at night, which is undoubtedly how I became an insomniac!

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

I like listening to period music, classical and romantic. Lately, I have become addicted to the soundtrack from the musical, Les Miserables. Many of the songs certainly stir the blood and speak of revolution.
They work well for Louis.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I like cloudy days when I can light a candle. It lends a lot of ambiance. Besides, who wants to be outdoors when the weather is iffy!

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes, I have four more in the series. I am working on the second one, whose tentative title is Army of Citizens. The series will continue to follow Edward, Louis, and Jemmy as war erupts in Europe. A new country will be added, when Jemmy immigrates to the United States.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

I’m planning a research-oriented trip to England and France this April to gather more data for the second book. I’m really looking forward to being back in England again, London and the Surrey countryside especially.  This will be the first time I have been to France. It was the only place in the first book I was unable to visit. After that, I will be hard at work putting the pieces together.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

It is my wish that readers come away with a sense that there is always another way to look at things. No one person or country is ever all right or all wrong.

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  1. Thank you for hosting my blog tour. I had a compliment on your interview on my Facebook post.
    I agree, you did a great job!

    1. You are very welcome! Thank you and best wishes!!


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