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Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, "In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years."

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Jennifer Chiaverini Hi, Kathie! Thanks for your question. I love to write, so I've never really had a problem motivating myself to do it. If you're feeling daunted by the…moreHi, Kathie! Thanks for your question. I love to write, so I've never really had a problem motivating myself to do it. If you're feeling daunted by the prospect of getting started, I'd suggest that you stop thinking about writing an ENTIRE BOOK. That's a lot of work. I get tired just thinking about it. I got tired just writing "ENTIRE BOOK!" I find it easier to focus on one small assignment at a time. Instead of telling yourself, "I need to sit down and organize my ideas into characters and prose," tell yourself something like, "Today I'm going to write a paragraph describing my main character." The next day, give yourself another small assignment that builds upon the previous one. The important thing is to tackle one small assignment every day. As you make daily writing a habit, it will become easier to do more writing at each setting. (Instead of one paragraph, for example, you'll write a page or a scene.) Good luck with your writing!(less)
Jennifer Chiaverini Great question, Laura! I first became intrigued by Julia Dent Grant when I was researching the wartime experiences of Mary Todd Lincoln for my novel…moreGreat question, Laura! I first became intrigued by Julia Dent Grant when I was researching the wartime experiences of Mary Todd Lincoln for my novel MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER. In March 1865, Mary had accompanied her husband to General Grant’s headquarters at City Point, Virginia, and according to the searing descriptions many witnesses provided in their memoirs, the visit was an absolute disaster. Mary Lincoln apparently had a very public meltdown, probably sparked by a toxic combination of illness, stress, and jealousy of any woman that spoke to her husband alone. Julia Grant and her youngest son were living with the general at headquarters at the time, and Julia had taken on the thankless role of the First Lady’s hostess. She tried to soothe Mary out of her terrible tempers, but she only succeeded in making herself the target of Mary’s abuse. When I read that Mary accused Julia of wanting the White House for herself, I was struck by the irony of the charge, as Julia had no desire to be First Lady and had no idea that she nevertheless would be someday.

I also was surprised to discover that throughout the war, Julia often lived with her husband at military headquarters, traveling by steamer or railroad to join him whenever he considered his location safe enough. Then I happened to read an article in which, almost as an aside, the author noted that Julia often brought “her favorite slave” along on these excursions. I was absolutely astonished by the utter incongruity—from my modern perspective, at least—of a Union general’s wife owning a slave. Who was the enslaved woman, I wondered, and what had it been like for her to live in the camp of the Union army in the war that was supposed to end slavery forever? From that moment, Jule had a firm hold on my imagination, and I wrote MRS. GRANT AND MADAME JULE in part to satisfy my curiosity.(less)
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