In my Civil War time travel, Erin’s Rebel, I drew on my own experiences while reenacting to get a feel for what my heroine would experience when she’s sent back in time to find herself trapped in a Confederate army camp. I used first hand knowledge of dress, camp conditions, right down to bathroom facilities to transport readers, right along with my modern day heroine, to the grueling day to day life in a Civil War camp.
In the opening of Erin’s Rebel, when my heroine wakes after a car accident, she actually thinks she’s been taken to a reenactment camp instead of a hospital at first. Here’s a short scene where she’s asking the camp surgeon if he has a cell phone.
“Listen, Mr.—ah—Doc,” she said. “I need to make a phone call. My mother will be worried sick. I guess I should call the local police too.”
His brow furrowed. “I thought you said your mother lived in Ireland. And what in tarnation is a phone call?”
She sighed in exasperation. “Don’t you have a cell phone?”
A blank expression took over his face.
“I’ve heard you re-enactors can be strict, but there must be a pay phone somewhere around here.”
He shook his head. “You should rest, ma’am. I’ll mix up a headache powder for you. You’ll feel a mite better once you get some sleep.”
It’s only after she sees the hero for the first time that she starts to realize she’s not in Kansas anymore.
Despite the headaches of getting a time travel right, I had a lot of fun writing this story. And reviewers find the story very realistic.
Here’s a short quote from my latest review at TwoLips Reviews:
“Ms. Macatee sent me on quite an adventure in her story from the moment the heroine ran off the road. Erin’s Rebel is rich in history and mystery. Every time I thought I had the book figured out, Ms. Macatee came up with a new twist and another piece of the puzzle. I was delighted to find a time travel with a real reason for going back in time. Anyone who loves history, time travel and stories with unexpected twists will definitely enjoy this awesome book.”
Read full review here: http://www.twolipsreviews.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4613&Itemid=36
To read the opening chapters of Erin’s Rebel, visit my website at www.susanmacatee.com/erinsrebel.html
I also have links to my reviews on my website at www.susanmacatee.com/mybooks.html
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