After a hiatus of almost a year, I'm back to this blog. Thanks for reading.
If you've read my blog before, you know I've been working on a historical novel since 2006 about the daughter and sister of Olaudah Equiano. Equiano was kidnapped from Africa at the age of 11, enslaved, and after he purchased his freedom, he settled in England and wrote his memoir, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. While researching my thesis I came upon his memoir, and promptly fell in love with Equiano.
After finishing my thesis, I thought, what a great basis for a book. I started with his daughter, Joanna, attracted to the themes of race, abolition, alienation, and to the setting of London. After doing some research, and wanting more depth and conflict in the book, I added Equiano's sister, about whom almost nothing is known. The two storylines developed, and after seven years of research and writing the book, Remnant, was complete.
But as all you writers know, writing is never finished. One can always improve prose by adding a passage, or changing a word, or lengthening a description, or even by deleting a scene.
For one year I have sought an agent, and I'm happy to report, I have finally found one! I am thrilled to have found a Christian agent. Just as God's hand is evident throughout Remnant, His hand is also evident throughout my life, and I'm excited about this next step on the road to publication.
Keep checking this blog for updates on the pursuit of a publisher. And for your own long-held dreams and goals, keep striving. Don't give up.