Happy Monday Morning! Welcome to Episode 148 of Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m answering the question, “I would love to know what inspired your Virtues and Valor series. I was fortunate to be one of your reviewers for the series. The stories and the writing were amazing.”
Category: Virtues and Valor Series
I pulled them all from free a couple of years ago and priced them, but never really saw a great return on that. After spending the last week at a novelist convention, I decided that having the first book in each series free is right for me and my readers, despite any kind of unlimited reading programs out there.
The heroic then twenty-two-year-old woman on the original cover of this book photographed at Love Field, Texas, in 1943 is the incredible Florene Miller (later Watson). Florene Miller was born on December 7, 1920. She turned twenty-one on the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. When writing my Virtues’ stories, I very purposefully shied away from too much mention of specific historical events surrounding the war. I had no desire to tred on true history and sought only to create a world with my characters doing their things in the fictional towns I crafted. However, I did have a very significant scene in this book that pertained to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In a way, that was my little nod to Florene.
There are dozens of documented cases of female physicians—working on both sides of the conflict—but there are very few detailed stories about any of them, and I found no detailed stories about any women who worked covertly as a physician. Likewise, while members of the International Red Cross performed near-miraculous acts of heroism and suffered …