Today, I had an interesting question posed to me. A friend asked why I have spent five years writing about people who lived sixteen decades ago? I had to stop and thing about that…what has drawn me to that time period? I suppose all writers of historical fiction, regardless of the era they write in, have some mysterious draw to that time period not their own. I don’t know that I came up with a very good answer. I know I’ve long been curious about my own family roots and we have ties to Arkansas back to about 1890 or so. Frontier and pioneer life has been part of my family story back before American revolutionary war days, but I don’t know why I “picked” 1857″ as a starting point for Shiloh. I’ll have to think about that one some more. But while I mull that one over, friends, help me out, please….