The teacher always learns the most. And in homeschooling her three
children, Ginger Monette learned all the history she missed in school.
Now she's hooked—on writing and World War I.
When asked what inspired her to start writing WW1 fiction she replied, "Downton Abbey! I had already written a novel based on Jane Austen's characters from Pride & Prejudice, and watching Downton Abbey, it was remarkable to me how little British culture had changed from the Regency Era in 1810 to the Edwardian Era in 1910. I could see Austen's Fitzwilliam Darcy dining with the Crawleys at Downton Abbey with little change in decorum. Besides, the turbulence of the Western Front seemed a fitting and colorful setting for a romance between Darcy and Lizzy, two characters known for their 'explosive' relationship."
Knowing little more about WW1 than "trench warfare" and "trench foot," she set out to research The Great War--the British evacuation chain in particular. Nine months later she emerged from a small closet office with 200 pages of typed notes and a passion for WW1.
Ginger recently released her Darcy's Hope Saga, the first two riveting romances in her Great War Romance series. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view have been rewarded by stellar reviews and a grand prize for her WW1 flash fiction piece, Flanders Field of Grey.
Ginger makes her home in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
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