in conversation about her second novel, The Beleaguered.
Author Lynne Golding brings us a moving, beautifully told story of a true-life Brampton family’s experience of the First World War in her second novel The Beleaguered (Blue Moon Publishers), the second book of her Beneath the Alders series. The first book in the series, The Innocent (Blue Moon Publishers) , introduced us to young Jessie Stephens and her well-to-do family living in Brampton, Ontario in the year 1907. Four-year-old Jessie is curious about the mystery surrounding a family secret. When The Beleaguered opens, Jessie is 11 years old, still determined to unravel the family mystery—but it is August 1914 and Canada has just joined Britain for what some prophesy will be the most all-encompassing war in history.
Lynne joined us Saturday, November 2, 2019 to talk about her ancestors, the real-life characters behind the Stephens family.
I asked Lynne to tell us about her decision to write novels based on her own ancestors, the Roberts family, of Brampton, Ontario. This is what Lynne had to say,
“Well, it is a bit of a different approach to writing a novel…it came from my visits with my great-aunt Jessie…I changed her [sur]name for the book, but there was a real Jessie…When she turned 100 I asked if she would like to move from her nursing home in Toronto to one closer to me in Brampton…I silently vowed that I would visit her once a week for the remaining years of her life…When I made that vow I had no idea she would live to be…”
Tune it to hear more from author Lynne Golding from our interview of November 2019.