Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Carole Eglash-Kosoff - Winds of Change - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
Those decades from reconstruction through WWI when the San Francisco earthquake, two wars, automobiles, airplanes, electric lights and movies changed everyone’s lives. The novel centers on multiple bi-racial characters.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The difficulty of mixed race couples to function in our changing society.

3. When does the plot take place?

See above.

4. Where does the plot take place?

New Orleans, San Francisco, Cuba, and Europe

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?

It was the natural follow on to the offspring of the characters developed in When Stars Align.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?

Amazing changes were taking place in decades that had received little attention.

Book Summary:

The racially charged love and conflict of the critically acclaimed When Stars Align become more entrenched after the Civil War and Reconstruction. Amy had taken her daughter, nephew, and a son she’d had never been able to acknowledge, born from her love with Thaddeus, her colored lover, to San Francisco, as a refuge from the intense racial scrutiny of the South.
They are forced to return to their old home, Moss Grove, a successful Mississippi River cotton plantation, as young adults. They discover facts about themselves that refute everything they believed regarding both their parents and their racial background. It changes the lives of each of them. Bess and Stephen’s love is thwarted. Josiah struggles with echoes of his past.

It is a tumultuous time in American history that includes the inventions of airplanes, automobiles, telephones and movies midst decades of lynchings and economic turmoil. It is the Spanish-American War and World War I. Racial biases complicate lives and relationships as newly arrived immigrants vie with white and Negro workers all trying to gain a piece of the American dream. Winds of Change is a soaring historic fiction novel that stands alone but follows the next generation from those we came to know in When Stars Align into the 20th century. It is a socially relevant, historically accurate, saga of decades often overlooked in American history.

Price: $18.95

# of Pages: 456

Genre: Historic Fiction

Publisher: Valley Village Publishing

Release Date: September 2011

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes&Noble


Carole Eglash-Kosoff lives and writes in Valley Village, California. She graduated from UCLA and spent her career in business, teaching, and traveling. She has visited more than seventy countries. An avid student of history, she researched the decades preceding and following the Civil War for nearly three years, including time in Louisiana, the setting for Winds of Change and her earlier novel, When Stars Align. It is a story of bi-racial love. It is a story of war, reconstruction, and racism, but primarily, it is a story of hope.

This is her third book. In 2006, following the death of her husband, she volunteered to teach in South Africa. Her first book, The Human Spirit – Apartheid’s Unheralded Heroes, tells the true life stories of an amazing array of men and women who have devoted their lives during the worst years of apartheid to help the children, the elderly, and the disabled of the townships. These people cared when no one else did and their efforts continue to this day.

Her second book, When Stars Align, chronicles the Civil War and Reconstruction through the love affair of Amy, a white girl, and Thaddeus, a colored man born of the rape of an eleven year old slave girl and the teen heir to Moss Grove.

You can visit her website at www.windsofchange-thebook.com or connect with her at Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553077163.

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