#TellTaleTuesday with Beth Trissel & Red Bird’s Song

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Author Beth Trissel joins us today  to share the story behind her Native-American-themed novel Red Bird’s Song.

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Red Bird’s Song is inspired by events that occurred to my ancestors in the colonial frontier. This award-winning adventure romance centers on their conflict with Native Americans during the French and Indian War and has a The Last of the Mohican’s flavor.

Research into my English/Scots-Irish roots in colonial America led to my writing Red Bird’s Song. My fascination with this era, particularly stirring tales of the frontier and the Shawnee Indians, is an early and abiding one. My forebears had interactions with this tribe, including family members taken captive. I have ties to Wicomechee, the hero of Red Bird’s Song, an outstanding Shawnee warrior whose real-life story greatly impacted the novel. I’m kin to him through the Moffett line via the Houston side of the family (think Sam Houston). Both Moffetts and Houstons were early Scots-Irish settlers in the Shenandoah Valley. More on Wicomechee is included at the end of the story, as a bonus for those who read it.
I’ve written other Native American themed historical romances, some with paranormal elements, each carefully researched. I’m grateful for the help of historians, reenactors, anthropologists, archaeologists, and the Shawnee themselves. All the titles in my Native American Warrior series are available in kindle. Amazon bought the eBook rights to Red Bird’s Song from The Wild Rose Press for their Amazon Encore Publishing Division. The thing about this novel is that it’s the first book I ever wrote and rewrote and learned to hone my writing skills in the process of doing, and is still my best seller, by far. Maybe because it’s based on true accounts more than any other book I’ve done, although some of the others are also highly influenced. I‘ve pondered writing a sequel, but I know the ultimate fate of the Shawnee. Not a happy one. So how far into the future do I go?

Back to the story. The initial encounter between Charity and Wicomechee at the beginning of Red Bird’s Song was born in a dream I had on New Year’s Eve–a propitious time for dreams–about a young warrior taking an equally young woman captive at a river and the unexpected attraction between them. That dream had such a profound impact on me that I took the leap from writing non-fiction pieces to historical/paranormal romance novels and embarked on the most amazing journey of my life. That was years ago and the saga continues.At the start of Red Bird’s Song, I also met the prophetic warrior, Eyes of the Wolf, in another dream. When I describe him in the book I’m envisioning a character I know. Eyes of the Wolf became a spirit guide and spoke to me throughout the writing of this book, and others. He’s there still in various guises. My journey with him is not complete.

The attack at the opening of Red Bird’s Song in the Shenandoah Valley is based on one that occurred to my ancestors and is recorded by Historian Joseph A. Waddell in The Annals of Augusta County. A renegade Englishman by the last name of Dickson led the war party that attacked them. I’d initially intended to make Colin Dickson in Red Bird’s Song the historical villain that he was, but when he galloped onto the scene I knew differently.

A log cabin in a wooded setting during the autumn season

Regarding the setting for Red Bird’s Song: In the early mid 1700’s, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and surrounding mountains was the colonial frontier. Only hardy souls dared to settle here. The bulk of these were the tough Scots-Irish, among them my ancestors. If 18th century warriors only had to fight regular British troops, they might ultimately have prevailed. They scared the crap out of men trained for conventional warfare. But the long knives were born fighters, and not easily intimidated. They learned from their cunning enemy and adopted his methods, weapons, and clothing.

Autumn in the Alleghenies

The ruggedly beautiful Alleghenies are also the setting for some of my other historical-paranormal romance novels, Through the FireKira, Daughter of the MoonThe Bearwalker’s Daughter, and my short historical romance, The Lady and the Warrior. I see these ridges from our farm in the Shenandoah Valley. The foothills are only a hop, skip and a jump away from us. The ever-changing panorama of the seasons never fails to inspire me. My Young Adult/Native American Wolf Shifter romance series entitled The Secret Warrior is also set in the mountains. Red Bird’s Song is Book 3 in my Native American Warrior Series. The series loosely ties together based more on time and place and strong Native American characters than as a traditional series that follows the story line. However, Kira, Daughter of the Moon (also purchased from the Wild Rose Press by Amazon Encore) is the actual sequel to Through the Fire. In addition to Native Americans, hardy Scots-Irish frontiersmen and women, colonial Englishmen and ladies, and even a few Frenchmen also play an important role in this series. It spans the gamut from the dramatic era of the French and Indian War, through Pontiac’s War, The American Revolution, and shortly afterwards.

Story Blurb for Red Bird’s Song

Taken captive by a Shawnee war party wasn’t how Charity Edmondson hoped to escape an unwanted marriage. Nor did Shawnee warrior Wicomechee expect to find the treasure promised by his grandfather’s vision in the unpredictable red-headed girl.

George III’s English Red-Coats, unprincipled colonial militia, prejudice and jealousy are not the only enemies Charity and Wicomechee will face before they can hope for a peaceful life. The greatest obstacle to happiness is in their own hearts. As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other.

Reviews

“A beautifully written story filled with adventure and suspense…This book touched my soul even as it provided a thrilling fictional escape into a period of history I have always found fascinating.” —Night Owl Book Review by Laurie-J

“I loved the descriptions…I felt I was there…Many mystical episodes are intermingled with the events…The ending is a real surprise, but I will let you have the pleasure of reading it for yourself.” —Seriously Reviewed

***To purchase Red Bird’s Song in kindle or print visit: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Birds-Song-Beth-Trissel-ebook/dp/B013RJV9Q4

Author Bio

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. Lately, the Civil War.  And I love a good ghost story. In addition to Young Adult shifter romance, I write historical, time travel, and paranormal romance, plus nonfiction. I have twenty titles out, both novels and novellas, and a time slip novella coming out this fall. My nonfiction works are about herbs, gardening, and country life.

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22 Responses to #TellTaleTuesday with Beth Trissel & Red Bird’s Song

  1. Beth Trissel says:

    Thanks so much for having me on your super blog!

  2. Charlotte says:

    I got chills imagining the dream you had and the dreamvisions you continue to have about this story of your ancestors. The spirits of your ancestors still speak to you as does the land they inhabited which is now yours. Powerful stuff. I’m putting On my TBR right now.

  3. Wow, such fascinating backstory to your writing. I can’t wait to read about it!

  4. Loved your post. I think of the era as one of beauty and violence and romance and so much more. Red Bird’s Song sounds like a book you HAD to write. And it sounds like a book I HAVE to read!

  5. cb clark says:

    I really enjoy reading historical. Your book sounds wonderful. I love the fact you have such a connection with the story. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Patsy says:

    Very interesting post! I’m a history nut so enjoyed this one immensely. Funny how we use family history in our stories but makes them so much more real.

  7. Cat Dubie says:

    Thanks for sharing the story of how you came to write this novel. Fascinating subject, fascinating times.

  8. KatieO says:

    Wow, interesting post and so cool to be inspired by dreams like that! Best of luck with this series!

  9. DeeDee Lane says:

    Thanks for sharing Beth! Good luck with all of your writing projects. I love reading about your inspiration process.

  10. I’m sending this link to our book club members because RED BIRD’S SONG was the book we read this month–and everyone raved about it!

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