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Author Dody Myers' work is history with a touch of romance

August 03, 2013
  • Dody Myers has published, Only Echoes Remain, the third in her Echoes trilogy. The stories are based in the Chambersburg, Pa., area. She will have a book signing at Chriss Hallmark, Kmart Shopping Center, Wayne Avenue, Chambersburg from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.
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Age: 82

City: Chambersburg, Pa.

Day job: Retired

Book title: “Only Echoes Remain”

Genre: Historical fiction

Synopsis: One woman’s painful yet triumphant journey toward self-discovery. A powerful tale of love and choices as two strong-willed people, deeply in love, must overcome the mores of 19th-century America to accommodate their future while their echoing past directs their decisions.

Publisher: BellaRosa Books, Rock Hill, S.C.

Price: $14.95

Website: DodyMyers.com

This is the third in the Echoes trilogy, set in Chambersburg in the 1890s. What inspired this trilogy?

I moved to Chambersburg and found that the town is barely mentioned in history books although it played an important part in the Civil War. It was the first northern town to be raided early in the war, it was here that Lee made the decision to turn east toward Gettysburg, and it was the only northern town to be burned by the Confederates.

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When you started your first novel, “Echoes of the Falling Spring,” did you know that you wanted to make it a trilogy?

“Echoes of the Falling Spring” did not start out as a trilogy. Fans found the characters interesting and urged me to write a sequel. After “Echoes of the Mist” was published I started getting letters asking what happened to Michael? Thus, this third novel.

You have published seven novels. Tell me about your writing process and how you remain prolific.

I am a storyteller. I seem to find it natural to fantasize about places and events. Plus, I get so involved with my characters that they become real to me and I don’t want them to end.

Your books are mainly historical romance. Why do you like to write in that genre?

My husband and I retired to Gettysburg and he became a battlefield guide. I helped him study for the exam and became interested in the Civil War. I have a winter home on St. Simons Island, Ga., and am a docent at both the Lighthouse and Fort Frederica National Park, which is the setting for “Frederica Summer.” As far as romance goes, let me just say that I am a romantic at heart and I think adding romance to the story puts a little spark into reading history.

How much research was involved for this novel?

Two years. The research for this novel was the most difficult I have done. Because of the time line it had to be set in the 1890s and not much was happening of major historical influence. America was only on the threshold of the vibrant 20th century.

You’re based in Chambersburg, Pa., and your novel is based in and around the area. As a writer, how did it help you be so close to the places you wrote about?

I have to see and physically absorb the places I write about. I traveled to Alaska to write “To Love Again,” have visited the Scottish Highlands (Frederica Summer), and have lived in New York City, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, and St. Simons Island.

Do you learn anything about yourself when you write each novel?

 I am very philosophical and aware of the conflicts that drive us mortals to make the choices we do. I also become keenly aware of nature because I use it extensively in my settings.

Are you working on anything new?

The publishing industry is changing so rapidly it requires an entirely new marketing strategy. I don’t know that I want to learn about Twitter and blogs and e-books. I said this was my last book, but I have two stories chasing themselves around in my head, so who knows?

Is your book available in bookstores in our area? Where? If not, how can a reader buy a copy of the book?

Any bookstore can order a copy of “Only Echoes Remain” from their distributor if they do not have it on their shelf. You can purchase it online from Amazon or BellaRosa Books, or it is available on e-books, Kindle and Nook.

— by Crystal Schelle, Lifestyle editor  

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