By- K. Williams
Expected Publication Date- April 27th, 2015
Published By- Booktrope Publishing
Blue Honor tracks four tightly twining families during the American Civil War. Each member is asked to sacrifice more than their share to see friends and loved ones through the terrible times. The only certainty they have is that nothing will be the same.
Emily Conrad is the bookish daughter of a wealthy dairy family from Vermont. Her indulgent father has educated her and bred ideas that aren’t acceptable to her more urbane mother, who thinks Emily needs to settle down with her longtime friend and town philanderer Evan Howell. The outbreak of war frees Emily from these expectations for a time, but a stranger soon arrives after the guns begin to blaze, threatening her plans more than societal conventions ever could.
Devoted to the young woman who healed her wounds, Henrietta has become part of the Conrad family, hoping that she may one day see her husband and son again. As a runaway slave, she’s been lucky enough to find this slice of peace in Vermont, but the return of Evan Howell and the man he brings with him portends great change that might see her locked back in irons, if not executed for what she’s done.
Evan isn’t as bad as his reputation has made him out to be. He knows his chum Emily will make the best doctor Vermont has ever seen, and he knows he’s not the man to marry her. With a little manipulation, he convinces his commanding officer, Lieutenant Joseph Maynard, to take leave with him and see the beauty of the north. He just doesn’t let on it’s not hillsides and streams he’s setting the man up for.
Joseph has both power and privilege as the son of a Baltimore lawyer, but neither can guarantee him the things he wants in life. His commission in the army is likely to lead to death, a sacrifice he was willing to make to end slavery in the States—that was until he saw Emily Conrad. Torn between duty and desire, Joseph struggles to stay standing for that which he once held strong convictions. War weary, they all march on to duty…
About the Author-
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she continues to reside, K.Williams embarked on a now twenty year career in writing. After a childhood, which consisted of voracious reading and hours of film watching, it was a natural progression to study and work in the arts.
K attended the State University of New York at Morrisville, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany (home of the New York State Writer’s Institute) gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art.
Currently, K has completed the MALS program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. K continues to write and is working on the novels of the Trailokya Trilogy, a work that deals with topics in Domestic Violence and crosses the controversial waters of organized religion and secularism. A sequel to OP-DEC is in the research phase, while the adaptation is being shopped to interested film companies. Excerpts of these and more writings can be found at: www.bluehonor.com
Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man in the literary world?
How about on tv/in the movies? Literary world? you mean as in a book character? I’d say I still crush horribly on Lady Gallant’s (Suzanne Robinson) Christian de Rivers. I mean, I remember his name and I was sixteen when I read that. The book is clear as day in my head. It’s not really literary--but I’d totally adapt that if I could. Maybe I will get to! As for TV/Movies. I have a list of seven which changes from time to time, but I only share those names with my closest friends.
Top 5 Favorite Things
when I get started on favorite things...I can’t stop. I will do my best! 1.2.3… Swedish Fish, Red Velvet Cake, NY Giants helmet blue (very specific color there), my i-Phone, dogs...I really could go on.
What’s the last song you listened to?
What Else Is There? by Röyksopp
Share 5 things people might not know about you with us
My work comes from dreams I’ve had 90% of the time. I have written six books, but only three are out (the others will be published 2016, 2017 and 2018). I’m intuitive to the point of being ‘psychic’. I am considered gifted by my IQ score.
How do you come up with character names? How do you come up with novel titles?
I use baby name books, unless they pop into my head along with the story. As for titles, those have to be finessed a bit more. I will give the book a working title if something isn’t obvious, but pretty much consider it a working title until things are finalized. For Trailokya, I had several decisions to make: If it’s a series, do I want an umbrella title to hold them all? So then they all became The Trailokya Trilogy, book …. Then I thought about the themes and terms in the books and went from there. For Blue Honor, the theme of the color blue came to mind: Emily’s eyes, Joseph’s uniform, Blue Vs. Gray, stark hope… Honor came to mind because everyone appears to be struggling with the notion of honor--of doing the right thing. Blue Honor speaks to the thread that follows the US military of the 1860s.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Take writing courses with really good instructors who really care about teaching how to write. Take classes that have nothing to with writing but expect you to write a lot and do a lot of research. Never give up. It doesn’t pay much, but it is what you want to do.
This or That-
*Paranormal or Dystopian? Paranormal
*Coffee or Tea? Both? Coffee
*Morning or Night? Night
*Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
*Summer or Winter? Summer