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Peni Renner (penijo_renner) | 26 comments Letters to Kezia: It is 1693 in Hereford, Connecticut, when Mary Case, the spinster daughter of a Puritan minister, finds herself hopelessly smitten by the roguish thief Daniel Eames. Betrothed to a man she does not like or love, she is soon compelled to help Daniel escape from jail. Suddenly, she finds herself on the run, not only accused of being Daniel’s accomplice but also of murder. The fugitive pair soon finds solace-and a mutual attraction-among the escapee’s Algonquin friends until two men from Daniel’s dark past hunt them down. After Mary is captured and returned home to await trial, a tragedy takes the life of her younger sister, revealing a dark secret Mary’s father has kept for months. But just as Mary learns she is pregnant, she makes a horrifying discovery about Daniel that changes everything and prompts her to develop an unlikely bond with his mother, Rebecca, who soon saves Mary from a shocking fate.


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Martha Conway | 255 comments Mod
I'm always curious about when an author begins to imagine the second (or third or fourth) book in a series—when you were writing the first book, or later? Did you envision Daniel's life as you were writing about his mother, Mary?


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Peni Renner (penijo_renner) | 26 comments Martha wrote: "I'm always curious about when an author begins to imagine the second (or third or fourth) book in a series—when you were writing the first book, or later? Did you envision Daniel's life as you were..."
I had no intention of writing a series when I first wrote Puritan Witch, but then readers asked me, "What happened to Daniel?" So I thought a 2nd book was in order. There is very little information on Daniel, which gave me lots of room to be creative! Unfortunately, a male POV is hard for me to write, so I had to flesh out the character Mary Case, a woman who is mentioned in the brief info I have of Daniel.
From what I learned of my Uncle Daniel, he was a bit of a scoundrel, but I wanted the reader to root for him anyway and I hope I succeeded in Letters to Kezia.


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