Author Interview | Historical debut novelist, Tanya E. Williams on behalf of her #Epistolary war drama “Becoming Mrs Smith”!

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

This #Epistolary novel captured my attention recently, as I’ve been seeking out more stories evoking ‘letters & correspondences’ for quite a long while now! You might have seen my ruminative thoughts on behalf of Last Christmas in Paris? Whilst previously, you might have seen my happy tweeting and my thoughts on behalf of my beloved Skye? (ie. Letters from Skye!) Or, perhaps – you caught sight of a debut Non-Fiction release this year, entitled: Dennis & Greer: A Love Story? You see, I have a particular penchant for these kinds of stories – not just in Historical Fiction, mind you – nor for the focus to be on war dramas, as my love of ‘3000 Miles to Eternity’ will attest!

What I found so very intriguing about ‘Becoming Mrs Smith’ is how the story is crafted through a succession of novellas! As you might also be aware of – I have a particular interest in reading short stories and novellas – generally, I’ve approached them through one of my two favourite genres: Romance & Speculative Literature (ie. Science Fiction, Fantasy or Cosy Horror) – however, I am finding more authors are releasing novellas and/or shorts – either as accompaniments to their novels directly or as stand-alone arcs for new series and/or an extension of a character’s story from a novel without a series in which to carry the story-line forward. In this case, what is uniquely lovely – the novellas are the series!

I like uncovering new formats for serial fiction – series are a lovely lifeblood of their own – something I cannot pass up the chance to read, as one blessing with a series is how long you get to extend your stay inside the world the writer has knitted together for you! You get to carry the load with the characters, of feeling everything they do as events and memories unfold – whilst feeling as if you, yourself have become drafted into their shoes, fully aware and absorbing their lives.

As I read the premise behind ‘Becoming Mrs Smith’ – my first instinct was to request this story for review purposes – however, realising it was a Digital First release – I opted instead to host the author for a conversation whilst I sought out how to engage in the story-line to help introduce this debut novelist to you, my readers. Perhaps like me, this is an interest of your own – seeking out the stories crafted out of ‘letters & correspondences’ or perhaps, your simply game for a new war drama! Either way, I hope you’ve brewed yourself a cuppa and are ready to settle in for our convo!

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Author Interview | Historical debut novelist, Tanya E. Williams on behalf of her #Epistolary war drama “Becoming Mrs Smith”!Becoming Mrs Smith
by Tanya E. Williams

Not all of war’s destruction takes place on the battlefield.

Violet’s heart flutters from the scarlet fever she survived as a child, and it beats faster at the sight of John Smith, the man she plans to marry. America is entrenched in WWII, and when John enlists, Violet is certain she won’t ever forgive him for dashing their dreams. As the realities of war slowly overtake her life, Violet’s days are filled with uncertainty and grief. She struggles to maintain her faith in John, as the world as she knows it, crumbles.

Becoming Mrs. Smith is the inspiring, and at times, heartbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to reclaim what she lost. War stole the man she loves, and childhood illness weakened her heart—perhaps beyond repair. While guns rage in Europe, the war Violet faces at home may be even more devastating.

Genres: Epistolary | Letters & Correspondences, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Military Fiction, War Drama

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ISBN: 978-1775070603

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on 3rd October, 2017

Excerpt from ‘Becoming Mrs Smith’ provided by the author Tanya E. Williams and is being used with permission.

The walls of the old farmhouse quiver. Thump. Thump. Thump. The sound reverberates inside of me with each strike against our solid oak door. My insides shake like a ground tremor. Until now, I couldn’t have believed my body could shake any more brutally. This cruel and ruthless fever has vibrated inside of me since before yesterday’s sunrise. Doc Walton and his hammer, the cause of all the commotion, have traveled from Cedar Springs. He has since confirmed Mother’s fears. Scarlet fever has attacked our home and invaded my slight, now fragile body. The notice nailed to the front door is both a proclamation of quarantine and a warning. Those who enter or leave the Sanderson property will be reported and punished by South Dakota law.

At eleven years old, I’m not keen to lift my nightdress for the doctor. Mother’s stern gaze, which bores through me from the corner of the bedroom I share with Iris, tells me refusing is not an option. My skin, warm to the touch, shivers as air whispers across the tiny red bumps. The doctor listens to my heart with his instrument, the round metal end cold from winter frost, before he lowers my bedclothes and tucks me into bed. He murmurs to himself as he pats my shoulder and smiles sadly, before the latch on his black bag snaps shut.

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As two of your characters inspired you to tell their stories in two separate novellas, how do these novellas prepare the reader for reading the novel they are anchoured too? What can you tell us about the novel which is the third half of the total story?

Williams responds: Becoming Mrs. Smith and Stealing Mr. Smith (both novellas) allow the reader a deeper view into what motivates these two important female characters in John Smith’s life. Both Violet and Bernice are center stage in John’s life, at different times, and their actions and decisions have a direct affect on how John’s life unfolds.

The final novel in the series, A Man Called Smith will bring the perspective of the story back to John, allowing the reader a global view of his life, his decisions, what haunts him, and what he learns to accept. Essentially, John is defined by these two strong and unique women and he ends up living his life as a result of those definitions.

A Man Called Smith, was where the story started for me. As a writer, I had a desire to answer the question, “What if it is not the choices we make in life that alter the outcome of our life’s path? What if it is instead, the choices that we do not make, the ones we are afraid of, the ones that torture us, threatening our existence and stealing from us along the way? What if those are the moments that truly define us as an individual?” John is a likable character. He is soft spoken and kind yet his life takes a detour and in the end he must live with those consequences.

Did you initially seek to write an Epistolary novel where the main context of the story was to be seen through the letters your characters exchanged?

Williams responds: Once I decided to allow Violet (Becoming Mrs. Smith) to tell her story, I knew that the letter correspondence between her and John would be a crucial element to the story. I was able to fine tune John’s voice more thoroughly through the letters and given that his absence made it otherwise difficult to allow the reader to get to know him and love him as Violet did, the letters were essential to the story’s connection to the reader. I cannot actually recall the first time I had the thought of writing an epistolary novel. I suspect the idea permeated my creativity during the research stage for A Man Called Smith.

I read many World War II letters as part of my research and what intrigued me most was how the individual who was overseas fighting continually conveyed to their loved ones at home, how they were safe, well, and moving forward. It struck me that even though they were the ones far away and likely in a position of grave danger, their need to lessen the worry of their loved ones at home, was as strong as survival itself. Courage took on a new meaning for me during the research and I believe that is what colored my view of John and Violet’s letters to one another.

I can understand why this sense of duty and courageousness resonated with you – although, I have limited most of my readings of the letters of war to the fictional worlds which are created through the inspiration writers find for themselves to write authentic war dramas – even I, can read between the lines and feel what they felt as they read the real letters which were sent home in the hopes of tempering anxieties fraught with the distrust of newsreels and newspapers – of whom were glossing over most of the realities facing the men who served. It sounds as if you’ve captured the heart and full essence of whom ‘John and Violet’ were and would have been.

Violet has a heart condition (due to Scarlet Fever) how do you think this played a role in how she could handle her emotions whilst dealing with the fact the man she was falling in love with was being deployed? How did you approach writing the truism of her plight?

Williams responds: Violet’s weak heart certainly became more noticeable to her in times of emotional upheaval. Violet is a woman of complex emotions who feels each one of them deeply. I believe it is her thoughts that escalate the status of her weak heart. When worry, grief, anger, or any other strong emotion is at the forefront of her mind and heart, I believe she feels the physical reaction more so than if she were in a place of contentment and ease.

When I began to research scarlet fever, all I knew of the illness was that which I learned from one episode of Little House on the Prairie. In my research, I stumbled upon a widespread case of scarlet fever hitting the Midwest United States in the same year that I was writing about. I read medical journals published from that time period and learned of the treatments, side affects, and recovery protocols associated with the disease. I also learned how scarlet fever can weaken the heart and in medical terms the patient is then diagnosed with rheumatic fever. It is important to note that rheumatic fever can be the result of either scarlet fever or strep throat. Since an outbreak of scarlet fever was quite literally blasting its way through the region, I chose to go with scarlet fever for Violet’s character. In that time period, a weakened heart could lead to complications during extreme stressful situations such as in childbirth.

What your musing about in regards to Violet’s health made perfect sense to me – as with anyone who has a chronic illness, it is best to curb your fears and anxieties whilst dealing with the after effects of your condition – to put another way, it is always best to try to stay ‘calm’ than to panic, as your symptoms can worsen or strengthen depending on the effects. I could see why it was imperative to show this in Violet as it added another layer of authentic truth. Goodness! I hadn’t realised the connection between the two illnesses but it makes ready sense – as like you said, there are dangers to scarlet fever which can heighten with both age and the degeneration of the heart due to the stress of the illness itself. For me, I think it was through ‘Little Women’ I first learnt the most about scarlet fever – but being a ready reader of Historicals or watching the adaptations – I, too, have come across this illness more than once.

When did you first fall in love with writing Historical Fiction and what are your timescapes of interest?

Williams responds: I first fell in love with historical fiction as a reader when I was about twelve years old. I was introduced to a series of historical light romances for teens all titled with a different girl’s name. It was a wonderful discovery as I was able to blend my love for history with my love for character driven stories.

I fell in love with writing Historical Fiction when it dawned on me that no matter what era a person lives in, the human condition is one of similarities rather than differences. The times, technology, and clothing may change, but the drive for people to know love, joy, and be valued exists throughout history and continues today. This is precisely what I love about historical fiction. I am always willing to chase a thread of information down a rabbit hole in search of something unique and insightful as I search for real life experiences that readers will be able to connect with. My great Aunt says it best when she says, “I’m beginning to forget more than I ever knew.” This is true of me when it comes to historical research. It is easy for me to be in the moment following a trail and soaking it all in. I may not remember all of the details, but I remember the feeling and that is what I try to embody with my stories.

I am most fond of the early 1900’s. I feel most comfortable focusing on North America but I believe there will come a time when I will be called to another country’s history to explore, revel in, and then tell a story from that perspective. I am currently fascinated with World War II though and would love to explore more topics beyond the current series I am writing.

I was also a young girl when I first was touched by the capture of Historical novels for giving me such a ready insight into the historic past – the two eras I focused on the most were the Regency & Victorian eras of British History. I, entered through the door of Historical Romances – settling into both novels and novellas set during those eras – including novella anthologies which knitted out stories set during the Christmastide – there was something special to those as I loved seeing how a Victorian Christmas was outfitted! Aside from those, I’ve developed more of a keen sense of what I love throughout Historical Fiction as a book blogger for four years – as although it should have been obvious, I never knew I had such an affection for Historicals til I started to blog!

I love learning of your approach – of how point of entry is first arrived through intensive research but then, you pull back those layers – re-alighting into your own mind, finding your muse healthy and writing down the bones of the narratives which speak to your heart to create. I think it’s a wicked good style to develop because it allows you the best of both worlds – the researcher and the writer! You get to chase after what implores you in the height of the ‘moment’ of discovery but you get to selectively choose what to include for your readers to embrace at the same time! I think perhaps, this is the closest I’ve heard of another writer’s process being similar to my own.

The World War eras are a definitive pull of my own – I love absorbing myself into war dramas, but I’ve had to hold back from the grittier versions – after I read quite a few hard-hitting narratives therein, I realised I had to seek out a different tone and pace to the war dramas I could read in the future. This is one reason finding your novellas and one of my latest reads: ‘Last Christmas in Paris’ has been such a treat! It’s finding the stories which enthrall me towards a certain era in time but without the hardship of realising the contents of such a story will push me past the edge of what I can handle. I have appreciated the early Nineteen Hundreds myself – including a newfound joy of the Edwardian era of both America & England.

What do you find the hardest part about writing Historical stories? Inserting a believable thread of interest behind the ‘History’ or conveying an authentic glimpse of the time period you’ve selected to highlight? How do you knit in the missing pieces between what is known and unknown?

Williams responds: The most challenging part of writing historical stories is the time it takes to do the research. I like to begin the writing process with identifying my goals for the story and then dive into the research and see what unfolds from that journey. I do find though that inserting a believable thread of interest behind the history of the story is more challenging for me. I have only had the experience of living in the present time so I do question myself continually along the writing journey if I am capturing a believable experience for the time period I am writing about.

The other challenge is that the research is never ending. I can start a project with a stack of research behind me, but then I add characters and ask myself if they had the amenities that I am wanting to include in the scene. So back to the research I go. It can be a bit of a halted process but it is an important aspect for me to create the immersive feel of the story. When knitting the missing pieces between the known and the unknown, I let the sense of place that the historical research has provided fuel my creativity. A story can weave a multitude of different paths. It is in choosing the details that make it the writer’s own.

I definitely concur with your sentiments here – especially in regards of knowing which path to fuell our desire to tell the story but also, when to pause and reflect inside new research which might aide our current choices in the story itself. Sorting it all out is one of my best joys as a writer – it is nice to see it is one of yours as well!

What do you love most about the art of letter-writing and of communicating by postal mail?

Williams responds: Letter writing for me is one heart speaking to another. There are no facial expressions or body language to provide feedback to either party. True words and emotions must be conveyed and this takes time and thought. It is truly one of the most beautiful aspects of the written word, for me anyway. In this busy world we live in, having someone take the time to write you a letter is a wonderful gift of themselves. I communicate with my great Aunt, who does not own or use a computer, through letters. I am always delighted to receive her letters in my mail box. Without a doubt she takes me back in time and I adore this form of communication between us. It has brought us closer and more connected. I believe letter writing has the power to do that for any relationship.

This is a very true statement – being a letter writer myself, I can attest to the truth in what your saying – as writing letters between friends is conveyed through what we feel, think and sense is going to carry on our conversations in our absence. Of being able to craft together a confluence of events which sound as enlightening to our receivers of our letters as it felt when it was first experienced by us in person. It’s quite a unique exchange! I have loved hearing about your Great Aunt – she sounds like a truly interesting person – one of whom, I can sense you have a deep friendship as you have found a way to connect outside technology. It is something to celebrate – those communications through yesteryear resources! Cheers to you both!

What do you hope to show through your novellas and novels of romance during the World War eras? What do you hope readers will takeaway from seeing this romance blossom through correspondence?

Williams responds: My hopes are that my novellas and novels will show that though it was far from easy, guaranteed, or pain free, true love fought just as hard a battle, as the soldiers themselves fought during the war. My hope is that readers will see that all relationships have the ability to be mended. All relationships face challenges, but it is up to each individual to decide that another person’s love is worth fighting for. I hope readers will renew their own relationships in their own lives with love, care, and a little letter writing to see them through.

I like your affirmation here – of how your stories have not just a direct purpose within them to affect the readers who find them but of a plausible inner resolve to highlight all aspects of the human experience to where the reader could find a pause of thought towards how your characters’ lives could effect their own if they thought harder about how your characters resolved their difficulties. Life lessons knitted into war dramas are sometimes my favourites outside of the traditional multi-generational ones or classically historic Romances! It is true – everyone has to decide how they face their adversities and how they set their attitudes to emerge out of them!

What were your favourite discoveries whilst researching the war eras? What interested you most by life on the home front?

Williams responds: My favorite discovery while researching the era was actually the weather. I know this sounds a little on the geeky side of things, but I truly fell in love with the historical weather data research. Each day’s weather has the ability to uplift our spirits or join us together in a battle against a storm. The weather plays a crucial role in our everyday life and yet it is something we have no control over. We have watched in horror as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and the like have destroyed families, communities, and entire countries. These natural disasters also bring about a sense of togetherness and a willingness to risk our own comforts and sometimes our lives to help out our fellow friends and neighbors. It is the best side of humanity when Mother Nature is giving us her worst. As a side note, the Armistice Day storm was indeed an actual occurrence and I found the incidence of historical weather to add a whole new dimension to the story.

Researching the war era was an intensive process for me. It was emotionally gut wrenching and I realized that my schooling only provided me with a small snapshot of the war and there was much to be learned. There exists a multitude of perspectives from which to view the war and my hope is that having the ability to experience the different perspectives through books and movies, we will be able to understand it better and thus prevent it from happening ever again.

Amen, sister! I truly hope this will yield yet to be true!

The aspects of war on the home front that interested me most were the things that on the surface may appear to be a tiny detail but to a person faced with that moment, is life altering. The one that comes to mind is the existence of the war messengers. The uniform clad young boys, doing their best to be men in a harrowing time. They would be seen riding their bicycles to and from though I imagined that those they passed on the street would avert their eyes, perhaps in an attempt to push down their own anxious worries. It was well known that they delivered dreadful news and yet these brave young men continued to do their best for the war effort. Their presence was ominous and though it was an excruciating scene to write, the delivery of the letter to Mrs. Boyd continues to stay with me.

I do not think we can fully separate ourselves from what we breathe in – everything is open to emotional heartache and emotional truths – as writers, we’re living through the words which become as tangible as reality as soon as soon as they make an emotional connection to us. For that is why we write and why we read – we are finding ways to interconnect through the stories and by alighting ourselves into the characters who find a way to articulate the story we’ve been inspired to write. I can fully understand how writing these stories can have a direct effect on you even moreso than us, the readers, because you staid with the subject and the characters for far longer than we have… their paths are already writ out and known – but for you? You had to sort out how they would face everything which befell them… that in of itself had to be difficult!

What do you think challenged you most by telling this story through the length of a novella? Was it harder or easier than the novel which inspired it?

Williams responds: The biggest challenge with writing this story as a novella was definitely the length of it. A novella, truly only has enough room for one major plot to occur and thus other story lines had to be omitted due to those constraints.The story had to keep moving forward and I would have loved to explore some of the peripheral relationships more fully. Of course in my own mind, I have the fuller version of the story but in focusing only on the one plot, I worried that the reader may miss out on the subtleties that make up the other characters. I would have loved, for example, to dig deeper into the character of Helen for the reader. I think it is human to want a story to be nicely wrapped up with a bow at the end where the reader knows exactly how and why things played out. I’ve realized though, that most of what I read and write does not fall into that category of books. On the plus side, it allows the reader to take those characters and situations and shape them for themselves.

The novella was easier to write in terms of timeline. It is also much simpler to take one plot and follow it through a story, coloring in that plot as I write. The novel though, is so much more diverse. The multiple layers of story breathe a different kind of life into it. Given the length of a novel though, the research and writing is a little less organized. I don’t sit down and write a novel from beginning to end. I start with specific scenes and evolve those and then puzzle piece them together to create a novel that flows. I think because of this approach, I feel a little more scattered when writing a novel, but the path to those discoveries is magical in its own right. Both have challenges and both have joys that are worthy of the journey.

Hmm,… I wonder if some of the characters, like Helen who could not fully be shaped into the novellas as they stand now, might be partially responsible for you to consider writing a fourth or fifth novella to carry-on the series from new perspectives – from persons who perhaps were always there but could offer yet another angle of insight? Similar to how you said the third story wraps everything round how John has experienced his own life rather than peering at his life from the lives of other characters?

Yes, I understand this pattern of sequence – or rather, lack of sequence in writing – I did to float around myself between scenes, narrative scope, dialogue and other bits which form together to create the foundation of the story-lines I am crafting too. Sometimes I go for long spurts of focus in a lineal manner but other times, I find myself inspired to hone in on something in particular and thereby, take off to that particular ‘point’ in the story rather than carry-on from whence I had begun. It just depends how we process what is meant to be written and how what we write inspires us forward from there. There is never one right or wrong way to tell stories – we each have developed our own style and approach which suits us best as creatives.

As this is being released Digital First, do you have plans of releasing the novellas (after they are published) in print form either individually or as an omnibus edition? Or, are you seeking to release them in audio format instead for those of us who cannot read digital stories? Also, how long is the series your working on this novella is a part of?

Williams responds: The novella, Becoming Mrs. Smith is now available in paperback and I am currently working on the audio version as well. I plan to have each title in the series be available in digital, print, and audiobook.

The series is currently three books long with Becoming Mrs. Smith, Stealing Mr. Smith, and A Man Called Smith. I originally felt the three stories told the story, but I am already seeing a potential for a fourth. I cannot say for certain whether a fourth title will be written or not. I suspect that as A Man Called Smith is completed, the decision on whether to write a fourth title will become clearer.

OOh dear my! I am wicked happy hearing the print edition has released and I shall keep apprised on your news for the audiobook as well – I’ll have to sort out which version I’d like to start with as both are equally appealing at the moment!

When your not researching and writing your stories, what do you like to do to uplift your spirit?

Williams responds: When I am not researching or writing, I love to be in nature. I am extremely fortunate to live where the mountains meet the ocean and so I can often be found walking near the water’s edge or in among the forest trees. In summer, I soak up the sun while working in my very tiny container garden or cruising around the waves on my SUP in the Pacific Ocean. In winter, we try to make time for snowshoeing and every where in between I fill up my creativity bank with travel. I love to explore the world and currently have my sights set on a trip to Italy, Greece, and Portugal.

You and I are quite a bit alike – I truly love being in the natural world – if only I could sort out like you did the best merger of climes and environs; of where you never feel you’ve forsaken one for the other – I’d truly smile and be happy. There is just something to be said to take a respite from our lives and get back to basics – of endeavouring to stay grounded and feel the earth under our feet which in turn invigorates the soul. I, too, have wanderlust in me – I hope you will get to cart off to the Mediterranean soon and let your spirit soar on new shores!

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I’d like to thank Ms Williams for such a rivetingly awesome conversation! I loved how she gave such a hearty depth of insight into not only her series of novellas but also, in how she creates the stories which I cannot wait to be reading! I am hoping through this conversation, you’ve become further acquainted with her writings and perhaps, have knitted out your own curiosity to seek out the novellas! I am full of thanksgiving for her kindness and time in answering my questions!

About Tanya E. Williams

Tanya E Williams

A writer from a young age, Tanya E Williams loves to help a reader get lost in another time, another place through the magic of books. History continues to inspire her stories and her insightfulness into the human condition deepens her character’s experiences and propels them on their journey. Ms. Williams’ favourite tales, speak to the reader’s heart, making them smile, laugh, cry, and think.

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2 responses to “Author Interview | Historical debut novelist, Tanya E. Williams on behalf of her #Epistolary war drama “Becoming Mrs Smith”!

    • Hallo, Hallo Ms Bruno!

      :) I truly loved sharing this convo I had with Ms Williams – I felt like we were writers who shared a mutual passion for Historical Fiction, which gave this conversation the lovely flow it has as we both had a lot to talk about on the subject! I am truly anxious for the audiobook releases – as I am contemplating awaiting those in order to listen & read this series ‘altogether’ vs per each release. It’s a special treat of mine to have a ‘print book in hand’ whilst listening to an audiobook – and for me, waiting for this series would be a pleasurable joy! Thanks so much for including me on the blog tour! I might not have found this series as readily quick if you hadn’t had the tour!

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