Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I am Cygnet Brown's Creation

I am a fictional character. Cygnet Brown created me a number of years ago and I had a cameo appearance as a baby in Cygnet Brown's first book: When God Turned His Head. I've got so much to tell you that I don't know where to start. I guess the place to start with is at the beginning. You see, I was actually created before my parents were created. (Yes, it's a bit of a paradox, isn't it?) Cygnet Brown started the first book that I am going to appear in: Soldiers Don't Cry before she wrote When God Turned His Head. Seriously. I was the original character in The Locket Saga, only it wasn't The Locket Saga back then. It was just a dream.

Yes, that's right, I started out as part of a dream. Cygnet, well, actually her real name is Donna. She just uses Cygnet Brown as her pseudonym for The Locket Saga. Anyway,Donna saw that there were so many Donna Browns in the world, (she knew three personally.) that she decided to do a take on her maiden name "Swanson" for her first name and to continue to use her married name as her last name.

Anyway, I digress. Where was I? Oh, yes, I started out as part of a dream. Cygnet dreamed that there were two young adults who were in a Fort on the frontier and they somehow knew each other before. That's it, that's all there was to the dream. From that she wrote the first draft to the book where Philip and I fall in love, and well, we have our problems, to say the least.

After she wrote that first draft of Soldiers Don't Cry, she wondered about my parents and how their relationship came together. She also had read the historical account of John Codman's murder, and she wondered if she could somehow create a historical novel based on that story. That is where When God Turned His Head came from. John Codman, the slaves--Mark, Phyllis and Phoebe were all real people. My parents, my sister Rachel, my brothers, Sarah--my father's first wife, Peter Mayford, and a few others are fictional characters. There are a few others who really existed in history,too, but I'm not going to bore you with those details.

I promised Donna, or Cygnet or whatever she wants to call herself, that I would let you all know that When God Turned His Head is available on her website in paperback, You can also read the first chapter of When God Turned His Head there too.

There, now you have it, the advertisement obligation is on my blog. You can go back to Facebook, now Donna.

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