GOLDEN KEYES PARSONS
Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker and author of historical novels. Her book, “In The Shadow Of The Sun King,” (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a three-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW’s Book of the Year Debut Author category. Her second book, “Prisoner Of Versailles,” was released September 2009 and was named a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Daphne contest. The concluding book in the series, “Where Hearts Are Free” released September 2010.
Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine. When she isn’t writing or speaking, she is busy with their three grown daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren or attending sporting and alumnae events at Baylor University.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am in our family room in front of a fire in the fireplace. It is a rainy, drizzly, cold Sunday morning here in Central Texas. My husband and I stayed home from worship this morning as we are recovering from a virus and didn’t relish getting out in this weather. Frankly, after being in the pastorate for years and having to be at the church whether well or ill (and this was in the mountains in snow country), we are enjoying in our retirement being able to stay in when we want to. J
Oh, I have on sweat pants and a v-neck sweater.
What thing surprised you the most when you were researching your book?
I think the things that surprised me most about this particular time period (late 1600’s in the colony of Pennsylvania) was how loose morals were, sometimes of necessity. For example, a high percentage of women were already pregnant when they officially married, because they would have to wait for a circuit rider preacher to come into the area to do the ceremony. Many couples just made the commitment to each other and set up housekeeping. We think about the Puritans and their strict moral code, but not all the colonies adhered to that.
Which of your three books in the series would you say you liked writing the most and why?
Definitely the first one, “In The Shadow Of The Sun King.” It’s more straight historical fiction, and that’s what I really enjoy writing. I don’t mind adding a thread of romance, but I’d rather not have the story driven by the romance.
Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
There are several scenes that I feel are good, tight, tension-building scenes. I like the scene between Philippe and Madeleine when he tells his mother that he’s going after Bridget despite her objections. And I like one of the final scenes where --- shall I give it away? Let’s just say that one of the secondary characters steps up and takes some surprising action to remedy a dire situation.
What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most?
I’m a member of CLASS, which is a speakers’ organization that trains speakers and writers. I can honestly say that I would not be published today had it not been for their encouragement and contacts.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
Good question. I had to think about that one. I’m going to have to say this series, because it was about my literal ancestors. Although I wouldn’t want to have been persecuted and have to flee for my life for my religious beliefs, I would love to have been able to view firsthand the heroism of my ancestors. Louisa (Madeleine) actually landed in Philadelphia a widow—her husband was washed overboard along with all their money—with two sons whom she had to sell to pay for their passage. Leaving them in Philadelphia, she then went with the other ship’s passengers to central Pennsylvania and settled to wait for them to serve out their time. She remarried, purchased land for them, and they were eventually reunited. What a courageous woman!
What is something that very few people know about you?
I am legally blind in my left eye.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
The genealogy of my family which was published in 1907. I have an original, leather-bound copy.
So, I would like to hear about what novel your readers would like to be a part of? That question really made me think. Leave me a comment. J
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