New Release from Wendi Sotis – The Gypsy Blessing
I’d like to welcome author Wendi Sotis, author of the newly released, The Gypsy Blessing:
I am what one might call an “accidental author.” Oh, don’t get me wrong, growing up, my three biggest dreams were to someday be happily married, become a mother, and see my name in the card catalog at my beloved local library. (I’m dating myself, eh?)
As a child, I was plagued with horrible nightmares, and I would make up stories to surround them in order to give them happy endings. Bashful about my writing, I never showed it to anyone. Eventually, the usual stuff happened—college, job, marriage (a happy one, just as I hoped J,) and children—except I went all out and had triplets. Needing a bit of “me time” occasionally, I returned to my first love, reading. Because I sometimes had time to read only a paragraph at a time, I chose books that I pretty much knew by heart, mainly the works of Jane Austen. Somehow, I found a web forum filled with Jane Austen fan fiction and started reading those stories. After having a dream that involved two Pride and Prejudice characters, I returned to my childhood habit of writing a story to surround it, and I posted it online. New story lines kept popping into my head, so I kept writing.
After “winning” National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo,) I found there was a prize—a free paperback copy of my book from CreateSpace. While I was only going to print a few copies for family, a couple of friends talked me into making it available to the public and putting it on eBook, too. I have to say, it surprised the heck out of me when people actually bought it! The Gypsy Blessing is now my fourth novel. The contemporary sequel is undergoing rewrites, and I’m working on two more novel-length stories.
It might not be the old-fashioned card catalog that I dreamt of as a kid, but when I searched Live-Library.com the other day, I found myself listed there, proving that dreams really can come true!
Unlike some Jane Austen-inspired authors who write sequels, I change something about the story and see where my imagination takes us. Most Janeites call it “alternate universe.” My novels drift quite a distance from canon, and I write in it such a way that one does not need to be familiar with Pride and Prejudice to understand the happenings in the book, although anyone who is will easily see how far the blessing in The Gypsy Blessing causes the story to stray from the original.
About the book: In The Gypsy Blessing, magic and intrigue is weaved around a sweet romance, set in Regency England. While taking a solitary ramble on her father’s estate, Elizabeth Bennet finds an injured woman, cares for her, and helps her return to her gypsy camp. For Elizabeth’s exceptional kindness, she is awarded a blessing, bestowed through gypsy magic. Forgetting the incident, Elizabeth thinks it merely odd when she begins to receive drawings in the mail with no return address—until she recognizes these same scenes as they become true events in her life. Through the blessing, circumstances bring Elizabeth and Jane Bennet to Ramsgate, where they meet Georgiana and Fitzwilliam Darcy, along with a charming young man named George Wickham. Will Elizabeth’s efforts to reshape future events alter her destiny?
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