Why write about the Alaska Gold Rush?

I first met Lynn Lovegreen earlier this summer at an author’s talk. Although we were Facebook and Twitter friends, we had never actually met in person (isn’t it funny how that happens?). I liked her immediately, liked how soft-spoken yet firm she was, and I especially liked how her face lit up whenever she talked about writing or books.
So when her novel Fools Gold released from Prism Book Group last week, I had only one question. Well two, actually: “How soon can I read Fools Gold? And when can I feature Lovegreen on my blog?”


Why the Gold Rush?


Sometimes I get asked, why do you write about the Gold Rush? There are several reasons. It’s a recognizable time period to most people, it has lots of drama, and it’s a period I’m drawn to personally.

When many people think of Alaska, they think of the Gold Rush. Whether it’s Charlie Chaplin’s film or the famous picture of miners trudging up the Chilkoot Pass, most people have heard about the Gold Rush. It was the event that introduced Alaska to the rest of world and brought the most outsiders to the territory (until recently). So it’s a natural setting to start with when writing historical novels set in Alaska.

The Gold Rush has drama all over it. People working with unforgiving elements, gambling against the odds that they’ll be one of the few to strike it rich, creating their own towns and institutions far from home, dealing with frontier challenges–all seeds for good stories. Throw in multicultural elements and young people discovering who they are, and you have perfect conditions for a young adult or new adult novel.  Have a young lady meet a young man and there’s your romance. I really don’t need to make up very much, just tie in real events with my fictional characters to make a Gold Rush novel.

FoolsGold_EbookI enjoy this time period, because it shows so much about Alaska history and what was going on in woman’s lives at that time. While ladies in the Continental United States were learning how to ride bicycles and discussing women’s suffrage, women in Alaska were able to push the boundaries by owning their own businesses and proving that women were physically as strong as men. It’s no accident that the territory was one of the first to pass women’s suffrage, and had women delegates early in its legislative history. I’m proud to be part of this legacy.

I have a Gold Rush series of four novels and a novella, and Prism Book Group has contracted to publish them all. I am lucky to find a home for these books, and look forward to sharing more about the Gold Rush with you in the future.

Thanks for having me, Cinthia!

Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, where she still lives. She taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and hitting targets with a cowboy action shooting club. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush era, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. Visit her at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

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