Interview with Dickie Erman, Author of A Spy’s Eyes: Rachael’s Story

10 Dec 2019

What can you tell us about your new release, A Spy’s Eyes: Rachael’s Story?

A Spy’s Eyes is my fourth book in the “Antebellum Struggles” series. It’s set in the civil war genre and introduces a new protagonist, Rachael, who grew up as the daughter of a wealthy cotton plantation owner. The Confederacy is losing the war, and Rachael joins the cause by becoming a spy and infiltrating the inner-circles of Washington, D.C.

But these new circumstances cause her to question the South’s reliance on the slave trade, and forces challenging decisions for her to grapple with.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve simply always wanted to write a novel, and felt that my life’s experiences would be appreciated by readers. Obviously not regarding the civil war, but with relationships between blacks and whites and their intertwined misconceptions.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creativity. Placing my mind in a scene that’s unfolding and unrehearsed. Watching the expressions on the character’s faces, listening to their words – how they say it and the point of view they have. And then writing it down in a way that the reader can “be there”. It’s like painting a vivid picture with words.

What scene in A Spy’s Eyes: Rachael’s Story was your favorite to write?

Probably Rachael’s introduction to the black (holy-roller) church. I experienced that scene several times in real life, and the hair on the back of your neck does stand up!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I’ve read and heard so many “mottos” and “quotes”, they become cliché. What gives me peace and happiness is to see God everywhere, enjoy God everywhere, and give and receive as much love as possible.

A Spy's Eyes:  Rachael's Story: Book Four of Antebellum Struggles

 

Dickie Erman is the author of the new book A Spy’s Eyes: Rachael’s Story.

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