Introducing author Laura Churchill Duke. She is a freelance journalist, and recently her first book, Two Crows Sorrow, was published by Moose House Publications. In this interview, she shares a little about the book.
1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?
Two Crows Sorrow published by Moose House Publications.
This is a creative non-fiction adult novel. This means that everything that happens in the novel is true, but it is woven together creatively so it reads like a novel, rather than an actual historical account.
2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.
Two Crows Sorrow is about the life of Theresa McAuley Robinson, a woman who lived on Nova Scotia’s North Mountain at the turn of the century. This is the true story of Theresa’s love and devotion to her children and her farmland, which ultimately led to her demise. In May 1904, Theresa was found murdered and her farm burnt to the ground. Her second husband William Robinson was accused of the murder. Two Crows Sorrow follows Theresa’s life to her death, then William’s court trial to its dramatic conclusion.
In 2012, I was commissioned to write the monologues for Valley Ghost Walk’s Kentville show. During my research process, I came across the story of Theresa’s murder, as the trial and aftermath all happened in Kentville. Her story stuck with me for years, and I kept thinking that it would make a great story… if I wrote fiction. As a journalist, I report the facts, and don’t write creatively! I decided to step outside my box and try to put her story to paper as it burned so much inside of me. The rest is history!
4) Where can readers buy this book?
Online, this book is available through Chapters/Indigo and Amazon. It is also in most Coles or Chapters books around the Maritimes and in most local book stores in the Annapolis Valley. A list of sellers is on my website. Or message me, and I will mail you a signed copy!
5) Who are you?
My name is Laura Churchill Duke and I live in Kentville, in the Annapolis Valley, N.S. with my family. I am a freelance journalist with Saltwire, writing stories from across Atlantic Canada. By night and weekends, I am a professional organizer with Your Last Resort.
I am also a communications specialist and my writing can be found in various other publications, and am on CBC Radio Information Morning as Kentville’s community contact.
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