Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day 4: Meet Vickie McDonough, author of Buckskin Bride

I don't know about you, but I've had such fun hearing from all of these women about their stories and the memories they have of their own Christmas traditions. We are nearing the end of our countdown to Launch Day! Vickie McDonough is sharing with us today, and I am chatting it up about my own novella tomorrow! Following that I also have a few fun findings to share that I uncovered in my research and, of course, we can't forget the GIVEAWAY! So much fun still to come before the Launch on September 1. So refill your coffee mugs and settle in to enjoy Vickie McDonough as she talked about her novella Buckskin Bride.

1. What made you write about your period in time? 

I love historical novels, and that’s mostly what I write. I chose 1889 because it was the year of the first Oklahoma land run, and I wanted my story to take place during the winter after that. My hero won land in the land run, and that’s the setting for my story, Buckskin Bride.

2. How is Christmas celebrated in your family and what effect did it have on your writing this story? 

Even though our boys are all grown now, we still put up a tree and have lights and decorations all over the living room. I hang stockings on the mantel but we no longer fill them since our sons are grown. We eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning, then open presents, and later, have a big dinner mid-afternoon with the whole family. Christmas has been even more fun the past seven years since my granddaughter was born. I don’t know that my personal Christmas celebrations had any bearing on my story, except that the families in my novella gather together for Christmas dinner.

3. What research did you do to authenticate Christmas celebrations in your story? 

I didn’t do anything research since the Christmas celebration in my story focused mainly around the dinner and it’s set in Oklahoma, a place I’m very familiar with.

4. When you dreamed up your story idea, what came first, the time period, the story, the location? 

I’d have to say the location because I wanted to set my story in the Oklahoma Territory.

5. What was the "germ" of your story idea and how did you flesh it out? 

Actually, it was a tipi (teepee). One of the criteria for this novella collection was that your hero or heroine needed to live in an unusual type of home. I decided on a tipi and made up a story to fit with that.

6. Would you like to have been there? 

I think it would have been exciting to have ridden in one of the land runs, just like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman did in the movie, Far and Away. There was so much anticipation and expectations for the families hoping to win free land. Many did but thousands of people did not get land. I have friends who have family still living on the land their ancestors won in the land rush.

7. What aspects of your characters are reflected in yours? 

My heroine, Maddie, has dressed in buckskin most of her life. She’s comfortable in them, and it makes riding horses, hunting, and doing chores easier. She has no desire to wear dresses—and neither do I, although I don’t wear buckskins. J I don’t care for dresses, and I only own two. One of them is the one I wore in my son’s wedding, thirteen years ago.

8. Have you been to the locations in which your story is set? 

I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and have traveled to much of the state. I don’t know that I’ve been to the exact spot where my story takes place, though, because I was rather vague about where it is located exactly.

9. What surprised you the most about your story? 

That my heroine finally dons a dress. I had my doubts that she actually would.

10. Would you have made a good pioneer? 

In some ways. I love horses and have always been a tomboy and even dreamed of growing up and marrying a rancher. But, I love my modern conveniences like my laptop, air conditioning, kitchen appliances, and indoor plumbing and would hate to leave them all behind.

11. Were any of your ancestors pioneers? If so, where and when?

My dad’s parents were born in 1874 & 1876. I know that’s hard to believe but it’s true. I’ve never been able to verify it, but my dad told me that my grandma rode in one of the Oklahoma land rushes with her parents. I do know that my grandparents left the Pennsylvania Dutch country and traveled to El Dorado, Kansas, where my dad—the youngest of their ten children—was born. Then my grandpa got a job with an oil company, and they moved the family to Oklahoma. I still have family in Pennsylvania.

12. What spiritual themes did you deliberately incorporate into your story? 

Trusting God when times are hard is a common theme I write about and one I used for Buckskin Bride.  Which ones did you discover later?  I pretty much stuck to that theme and can’t think of anything that popped up later in the book.

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  1. I love camping and backpacking, so I like to think I'd be a good pioneer... however I also love modern medicine, running water, and air conditioning :) I guess if I didn't know what I was missing I'd have a different perspective.

    1. So true, Heidi! If you don't know what you're missing, then you don't miss it. Thanks so much for commenting! Lovely to "meet" you!


  2. Looking forward to reading this one ;)


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