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


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