cherokee steel Follow Amelia as she tries to find a family member who is worthy of passing on the special family heirloom to the next generation. What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce in this book that were different from book one and two?
In book 1, Amelia was very young and didn’t know anything about the special stone. In book 2, she is shocked that she is chosen to inherit the stone and she becomes a reluctant keeper. By book 3, she has matured and shed much of the emotional baggage that she has carried throughout her life. Now that she has truly become worthy of the stone, it’s time to hand it over to someone else.
Amelia is a compelling character that I enjoyed watching evolve. What were some ideals that drove your character development?
I wanted to show how the emotional trauma experienced by a young person will not only affect that person but will affect generations to come. Rather, he wanted to show that even a severely damaged individual can find redemption. She also wanted to give readers a glimpse of how Amelia’s Cherokee history and culture continued to impact her life even when she seemed to forget it.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Effects of the past, family abuse, family violence, alcohol abuse, infidelity, war tragedy, feelings of inadequacy, rebellion, dealing with death, persistence of love, the touch of the supernatural, the influence of culture, dream fulfillment , discrimination , bullying and redemption.
What is the next book you are working on and when will it be available?
Before we were a state, 2023.
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