LISA NORATO is the author of PRIZE OF MY HEART, published by BETHANY HOUSE, March 1, 2012.
Lisa Norato is
also the author of two romances previously published by Five Star Publishing. Her website is http://www.lisanorato.com. She is a brand new member of Colonial American Christian Writers and we are so happy to have her in our group!
Lisa, what got you interested in the colonial time period?
I grew up on the
England coast, exposed to and influenced by its rich history and
folklore. I went on school trips to living
history museums like Plimoth Plantation (depicting 17th century
Pilgrim life in Plymouth, Massachusetts) and weekend outings to Old Sturbridge
early New England life from 1790-1840). As I grew older, summers always included day
trips to historic Newport, where on one occasion I toured a eighteenth-century replica
of Captain Cook’s square-rigged ship Endeavor,
and family vacations on Cape Cod, including a visit to the Whydah Pirate Museum
in Provincetown filled artifacts of the 1717 pirate wreck. With this long-engrained appreciation for the
time period, a New England early American
setting seemed the natural choice for my work.
What inspired your latest colonial work?
Prize of My Heart began with the idea of a man searching for his lost son, the most precious thing in the world to him. As I thought it over, I was reminded of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. What if he were forced to choose between the son he loved and obeying God?
The novel takes place during
New England’s Federal period. Like
most romantics, I’m inspired by the works of Jane Austen. I love the Regency era, but I knew for my own
story, I wanted my characters to be American.
At the end of
the war of 1812, well-built sailing vessels were very much in demand in America, and by this time ,
had developed into one of the country’s leading shipbuilding centers. My heroine’s home is actually modeled after
the King Caesar house, the Federal style mansion of shipbuilder and merchant,
Ezra Weston II built in 1809. During
this time, Lloyds of London named him owner of the largest trading company and
fleet of ships in Duxbury, Massachusetts . The house is preserved and owned by the
Duxbury Rural & Historical Society and is opens for tours.
Do you have a favorite colonial place you like to visit and why?I work in downtown
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