Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Eileen’s two historical novels, Shadow of the Rock and In Rembrandt’s Shadow, involved extensive research and travel. Shadow of the Rock focused on a story often mentioned in Florida history books about the grandmother of David Levy Yulee, Florida’s first senator. She was captured by Barbary pirates and sold to the vizier of Morocco, finally escaping to Gibraltar. In Rembrandt’s Shadow is the second in the series and follows a Rembrandt painting through the centuries while a present-day couple seek its rightful owner.
Intrigued by the plight of a young woman captured by pirates, Eileen conducted extensive research to find out more with the view to turning the story into a novel.
How would members of the Montgomery County Chapter conduct such a search? Through an interactive process, Eileen will lead a discussion of the creativity involved in answering questions of character, setting, and plot in an historical context. She will draw on the problem-solving capacity of the participants and then describe steps she took in finding out the details for her own historical novels. These steps began with the obvious: online and library searches, continue with contacting authorities, and then on to travel to important sites in the novel. The last question for participants will be how to incorporate all the accumulated information into a novel. The program will conclude with cautions for writers.
About the Presenter
Eileen writes the 90s Club mystery series and an historical adventure series. She is also president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and a strong advocate of MWA’s local chapters and its critique groups. Eileen and her husband, Roger McIntire, own Summit Crossroads Press, which publishes practical books for parents. Its imprint, Amanita Books, publishes fiction. She is also a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and Sisters in Crime. They live in Columbia, MD, with their little dog José.
Her latest book, In Rembrandt’s Shadow, is now in stores. Visit her website at: www.ehmcintire.com.
Location and Directions
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906
Directions: ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot
Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot