About the Book
In 1788, Aria Stonewood is chased from her home in the New England colonies after being accused of murder and abducting twin baby girls.
Hiding a secret, Aria travels west deep into the north-woods of the Minnesota territory. She seeks shelter at a French trading post that is run by a former priest and meets Francois Marcks; both of whom distrust her and do not want her staying there. But with the dangers of winter coming they have no choice but to reluctantly let her stay unaware of what the coming winter will bring to their door.
About the Author
Growing up in Northwestern Minnesota, Emily spent the long winter days dreaming and creating stories. She loves the mild summers and cold, wind swept state so much that she incorporates the landscape and small towns into her stories. A life-long book dragon, Emily is fulfilling her dream by writing novels.
Guest Post: Character Sketch
Here is a copy of the actually character ‘files’ I created for my two-lead character’s. They may read a little like an in-depth profiles, containing basic details, but I tend to be super organized and they were created as a quick reference guide to help me keep my details straight.
Name: Francois Marcks (Known mostly just by his surname – Marcks)
Born: 1760 in Montreal, Canada
Languages Spoken: French, English, Cree, Anishinabe Ojibwe
Basic Physical Description: Brown hair, brown eyes, lightly tanned skin, 5 foot 10 inches tall, athletic build
Occupation: Hunter for the North West Company
Education: After School, he then studied abroad in England and France for about six years.
Positive Personality Traits: Loyal, Honest, Fair, Caring, Hard-working
Negative Personality Traits: Guarded, Suspicious
-Parents Deceased, one Brother – Etienne (who is 2 years younger)
-Has two cousins, Father Pierre Thierry, Henry Beaufay, Waabizii
(Henry’s wife) and a niece – Protasia (Tassy) Beaufay
Pet Peeves: Dishonesty and Melodrama
Personality Quirks: Feels like they must take care of or fix all problems (Even someone else’s problems)
Religion: Christian (Non-Denominational – though was raised Catholic)
How they prefer to worship: Spending quiet time in Prayer and Meditation outdoors in God’s Creation
Brief History: Born in Montreal, then moved to Hudson Bay, Marcks’ mother died when he was about eleven (Etienne was nine), after he finished school his Father sent him to continue his studies in France then a year in England. When he returned he started working for the Hudson Bay Company with his Father and Brother. His Father died a few years later. Due to conflicts with the Company, he and his brother broke their contracts and signed on to work with the newly formed North West Company. Where they joined up with their cousins and started their own brigade and trading post. He was engaged to Isabel Savard, but due to the hard lifestyle and isolation she had a mental breakdown and her family forced the engagement off and took her to get medical help back in the Colonies or England. Marcks continues to live and work at the trading post.
Name: Maria Arietta Stonewood (Known by her nickname – Aria)
Born: 1763 in New York City, New England Colonies
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Basic Physical Description: Sandy blonde hair, green eyes with blue flecks, milky, cream colored skin, 4 foot 11 inches tall, petite build yet strong.
Occupation: N/A (Heiress to Wealthy Merchant)
Education: Finished school (8th Grade)
Positive Personality Traits: Determined, Caring, Realistic, Responsible
Negative Personality Traits: Scheming, Sarcastic, Dependent, Guarded, Has a bit of a Temper
Family: Parents Deceased, Has two nieces – Joshia and Jacobea Blackett (Twins)
Pet Peeves: Arrogance and Rudeness
Personality Quirks: Overthinks situations
Religion: Christian (Protestant)
How they Prefer to Worship: Spending time reading God’s Word.
Brief History: Born in New York Colony, she grew up travelling Europe (Mostly England, Italy, France, Spain, and Greece) with her father (who was a wealthy English merchant) and mother (Italian singer from a well to do family, before she married). Her Parent’s died during the Revolutionary war or shortly after. Since she is an only child she went to live with her cousin, Mary Blackett and her family. She continued to live her socialite life until circumstances forced her to leave with her two nieces and head west into fur trade country.
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