|Carla Olson Gade|
Carla Olson Gade is the author of Carving a Future, featured in Colonial Courtships, Published by: Barbour Books, October 1, 2012. Carla is also the author of The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter. Her website is http://carlagade.com
Carla, what got you interested in the colonial time period?
This ties into another question you ask about colonial places in my home state. I am originally from Massachusetts where I was surrounded by its rich colonial heritage. My 350 year old home town of Wrentham was bought from King Philip for a sum that included a Holland shirt. Some of my favorite spots are Boston, Plymouth Plantation, and Olde Sturbridge Village. I have many first settlers in my family tree from Essex County, Massachusetts and plan to take a genealogy and book research trip there soon. I now live in Maine (part of Massachusetts in colonial days) and have done some research in York County where more first inhabitant ancestors settled, also a place I plan to write about. There are a several colonial era forts in Maine and many sites to visit throughout the state.
What inspired this colonial work?
The old New England town of Glassenbury (as it was called then) along the Connecticut River, which is the largest and longest river in New England. In the 18th century it was famed for its shipbuilding and trade. When I planned the setting, I knew it would be the perfect spot for the The Red Griffin Inn, the home to the four Ingersoll brothers. My hero, Nathaniel, is a journeyman ship’s figurehead carver—a fascinating trade that I wanted to write about.
Do you have a favorite colonial place you like to visit and why?
I adore Colonial Williamsburg! It truly brings 18th century history to life and I enjoyed every moment I spent there last year. (By the way, I had the best tour guide ever…Mistress Carrie!) My research for Colonial Courtships extended to another favorite place, Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport, and a visit to the charming town of Glastonbury, Connecticut, which provides the setting for the book. This town hosts more 18th century houses than almost any other town in America and is truly a site to behold. I saw many homes of true historical persons that I included in my story, and that was quite a treat!
Carla, do you have a favorite colonial recipe you enjoy?
At the end of each story in Colonial Courtships you’ll find a colonial recipe. That’s four recipes in this book. Carving a Future features Muster Day Gingerbread, a treat that was served within the story. It is a personal favorite of mine!
Giveaway: Carla has provided a book to give away.