131 Years ago, on April 8, 1886, Tillie Smith, a kitchen maid at Centenary Collegiate Institute, a seminary & college in Hackettstown, was brutally murdered. That a poor potato peeler should be ravished and killed on the grounds of a seminary shocked Victorian America. Tillie's death became a cause' celebre, with people all over the country sending nickels and quarters to erect this beautiful monument to a symbol of virtue. Her murder became like the OJ Simpson trial of its era.
What really happened to Tillie that night has never been fully known. And in the search for justice--which is still waiting for its conclusion--Tillie Smith became a footnote in the story of her life, and death.
I have spent the past 4 years working on my historical novel, originally titled FINDING TILLIE and now changed to THE CEMETERY KEEPER'S WIFE. My goal in writing this story is not just to bring Tillie to life, as best I can interpret from my research, but to also reveal how I believe her life ended.
All of you have been so patient waiting for this novel and I love you all for that! You have no idea how much. Being an author in these dicey publishing times is no easy feat. And that in itself, the writing and journey of this novel, is a story in itself!
I will soon begin posting that story to my FB Author Page right here.
In the meantime, I am working on some final tweaks (I know, does it ever end!?? But when an editor makes suggestions...you follow!) And I promise I will have something soon for you!!!
In addition, I am going to post a chapter on my FB Author Page to give you the flavor of this story in the very near future, with an opportunity to get on a preorder list. ...