The Evolution of The Abolitionist’s Secret

Cover of The Abolitionist's SecretThe Abolitionist’s Secret was released December 3, 2012. It almost didn’t see the light of day, however. Slavery was a period of time in our country that today’s African Americans don’t like to think about, and some of today’s southerners are still pining its loss. But when I started writing about this time period in America—from the mid-1850s on—it became essential to include it, to be true to the era. So, this book talks about slavery, the Underground Railroad, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, slave mongers and the like.


I entered it into a few RWA contests before I submitted it to Crimson, and the feedback I got was harsh—I couldn’t talk about darkies, or slavery, because it was not politically correct. It’s not my intention to ruffle anyone’s feathers. I just want to remain true to the period. And, in 1856, these were everyday topics of conversation. My liberal friends were gnashing their teeth as they beta-read it for me. Fortunately, Crimson saw the book’s value, and the fact that it is a romance, above all.


Before I start any of my historical novels, I find out what events that were happening at the time eventually made history. Then, I pick a few that appeal to me, and build my stories around these events. I ask the question, what if I were placed in the situation? In this case, what would I do if I could save a young woman and her child from the hands of the slave mongers who are looking for her? And there the story begins.


In 1856 New York City, abolitionists were hard at work helping escaping slaves on their way to freedom in Canada. The setting then moves to Savannah, Georgia, where the very real life-and-death situations for both abolitionists and for slaves, plays out. The story is about how even two people who are in love are sometimes not strong enough to overcome the obstacles that events of the day put in their way.


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is going to be donated to the Oberlin Underground Railroad Center Project, an interpretive center about the part Oberlin played in freedom for so many from the bonds of slavery. For more information about the project, visit


For more information on this book, or my other novels, please visit my website,




  1. Becky,

    I got your note. This looks awesome!! So nice to see you and hear from you! I love your donation project with the Oberlin Underground Railroad Center! You rock!!

    Smiles from Montana!

    • Thank you, Rionna, for your help with this. I’m hoping for enough sales to make a dent in the Underground Railroad’s funding needs. But, I’m off to a slow start.

  2. I love that you live on the edge, Becky. That’s respectable. Wishing you many sales!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  3. Thanks, RT/Tanya, for visiting today and for reading about my book. I never planned to write books that were controversial, but I guess I should have known, given my unusual life. As my published author friend said “You don’t make things easy for yourself, do you?”

  4. great post, becky. and congrats for persevering despite people wanting you to whitewash the past.

    • Thanks, Nora, for your lovely compliments. I guess it’s a good thing, in this business, to have the perseverance of a pit bull. I used to sell advertising, and was told no a lot, but I kept going back until they said yes. Good training for becoming an author. Who knew?

  5. Such a pretty cover. I hope you raise a lot of money for your charity.

    • Thanks, Lynn. I absolutely adore the historical covers in the Crimson line. I, too, hope I can raise some money for the Underground Railroad Project. Would be so embarrassing to hand them only a few dollars!

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