Native Georgian Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She is the author of numerous magazine articles about her home state, The Restoration Trilogy (WHITE, WIDOW and WITCH), and The Georgia Gold Series (SAUTEE SHADOWS, THE GRAY DIVIDE, THE CRIMSON BLOOM and BRIGHT AS GOLD), historical romance set between the Georgia Gold Rush and Reconstruction with a touch of mystery. BRIGHT AS GOLD won the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern literature. A wife and swim mom of two teen daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate and old houses.
Welcome to the blog, Denise. I’m so excited you could join us! Congratulations on your new release of White and The Restoration Trilogy.
Hi, Savanna, I’m delighted to chat with you and your readers today. Hello, readers! To answer your question, the idea for The Restoration Trilogy (White, Widow and Witch) came from my parents’ real-life property renovation. They wanted to settle in the country but in a community, and came across this run-down but charming house and apothecary shop in a once-thriving railroad town. Come to find out after they bought it, the property had connections to a locally famous line of doctors tracing back to Revolutionary War times! I debated making these stories totally historical like my Georgia Gold Series, but with a little feedback from my readers, I decided a modern restoration romance where the main characters applied lessons they uncovered from a historic back story in each novel would work best. I also included a dose of suspense/mystery. I started research in spring of 2015 and completed the third novel right at Christmas, which was neat because that timeline paralleled the seasons in the trilogy. My parents are still working on the apothecary and hope to have it open under the shingle “Coffee, Tea and History” this fall.
That is so cool! Sounds like you’ve been busy. 🙂 That’s exciting!
I love reading a well-written story set in just about any period, but I guess American Colonial through Civil War would remain my favorite, probably because I’ve done the most research between those dates and find the setting easiest to visualize. And yep, I’m a sucker for the costuming.
I LOVED seeing pictures on your website and Facebook of your reenacting and vintage dancing. What’s been one of your favorite events to attend? We’d love to hear a little more about it. 🙂
Yes, I think we have a love of living history in common. I decided at age 15 that re-enacting would help bring my writing to life, so I convinced my parents to start taking me to events. I’ll never forget my first re-enactment; when we drove up, a cavalryman sat atop his dappled gray horse in a huge field studded with tiny yellow flowers. I think my heart stopped. I knew I was where I belonged.
When I finished college near Lexington, Kentucky (Asbury University), my husband and I were invited to an event at a historic home that served as the club house for a golf course. In the candle-lit double parlor, The Lexington Vintage Dancers performed. It was like watching history come to life on an elegant and professional level. What’s better, they included us in several dances. At the time we moved back to Georgia, I became aware that authentic dancing was not being done at re-enactments. Several families from church and the community wanted to try civilian re-enacting, so I started researching and teaching them advanced dance of the mid-1800s, even traveling to Boston for instruction at a ball. Performing locally at Traveler’s Rest stagecoach inn, Toccoa, was always a highlight, as was dancing for the release of American Girl Alpharetta’s 1850s dolls. As the mom of two daughters now teenagers, I focus most of my time on their activities and book writing and promotion, but I’m always happy for a good occasion to “dress out” to sell books!
That sounds like such fun! I’d love to participate in something like that someday. 🙂
For different reasons, I’m struggling to mention just one. For The Georgia Gold Series, Laura Frantz because I so admire her as a historical author and Brenda Knight Graham because of her stylistic comparison of those books to Eugenia Price’s. For White, Amazon ebook best-seller and social media savvy Heather Frey Blanton touched my heart when she e-mailed that she found the story “spell-binding.”
Name a favorite author you would like to meet someday.
Francine Rivers. I’ve never gotten over Redeeming Love. Occasionally you run across a fictional story so powerful you know the hand of the Holy Spirit was heavy upon it. That’s the kind of writing I yearn to do. I’d love to sit down to tea with her and talk about the inspiration and writing process specifically for that novel.
Oh, me tooooo! I’ll never forget that book. 😉
Yes! I aim to re-release my very first novella, Redeeming Grace, set in 1886 at “The Niagara of the South,” as an ebook in time for summer vacation reading. This sweet romance features a vacationing New York opera star who falls in love with a local minister. I’ve also just completed a Revolutionary War in Georgia novella, Across Three Autumns, slated to be part of a “Backwoods Brides” anthology. Very excited about it because my heroine is inspired by Nancy Hart, and the hero is a Scottish scout for Elijah Clarke! Please keep an eye on my web site, http://deniseweimerbooks.webs.com.
That’s exciting, Denise. Congrats!! May the Lord bless you and your stories!
Denise has graciously offered a copy of White to one lucky reader! The winner gets to pick between an ebook and a print version. Enter below and it could be YOU!
Thanks for entering! Contest ends April 5, 2016. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!