Monica Wright, an iUniverse author and finalist for INDIEFAB 2014, tells us about her Romance novel, Bridal Veil.
Bridal Veil is a time-travel romance set in the present day and in 1885. The story follows two stories, the story of time-traveler Charly Ellington and that of her great-great-great grandmother. When Charly Ellington finds herself conflicted over her decision to marry for duty and not love, she finds herself face to face with the greatest love match in her family history; her great-great-great grandparents in the year 1885.
However, Charly enters the story before the happy ending; her grandmother is engaged to another man. In her efforts to play matchmaker and get herself back to her own time, Charly embarks on a journey of self-discovery, finding out that anything is possible when she is true to herself.
I want the readers to be satisfied with the characters’ journey, but mostly I want them to take away the underlying message of never giving up and creating your own destiny.
I am a big Jane Austen fan, and have always loved period romance. I am also an avid history buff and hold a Master’s Degree in American history. We have lived in several states and I have enjoyed learning some of the history of each one. I have used that knowledge as inspiration for the setting of each of my novels, both finished and in process.
Living in Yosemite National Park for a year was the inspiration for Bridal Veil. I wanted to include the Park as a backdrop. The characters were inspired by my previously written manuscript. Charlotte Foster is the daughter of the main characters in that work. There is no sequel planned, but I am currently editing the prequel that tells Charlotte’s parents story.
My favorite part of the publishing experience with iUniverse was working with the editor. I really enjoyed the feedback and the advice really helped me publish the best version of Bridal Veil.
I would advise aspiring authors to read. You can learn a great deal from how others craft their novels, both good and bad.
Congratulations to Monica on her recognition! Make sure to check out her website at https://www.monica-wright.com/.