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WELCOME AUTHOR NAOMI MUSCH
10/28/2018 10:25:00 PM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Mist O’er the Voyageur

AUTHOR:  Naomi Musch

PUBLISHER:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

GENRE:  Historical Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  Adult

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR NAOMI MUSCH TO PATTI’S PORCH. NAOMI SHARES SOME LITERARY PILGRIMAGES SHE HAS TAKEN WHILE RESEARCHING HER NOVELS.

 

 

 

IMAGINATION TAKES FLIGHT ON A LITERARY PILGRIMAGE – A BUCKET LIIST OF ADVENTURE

(and a Rafflecopter Giveaway)

 

 

by

 

 

Naomi Musch

 

 

 

Have you ever taken a literary pilgrimage? Have you traveled to a site where your favorite writer-of-old lived, wrote, caused a scandal, or died? These days it’s popular to travel to Amsterdam to visit the home of Anne Frank, to Florida to see where Hemingway penned his stories and drank, to travel afar to stand before the marker over Poe’s grave, explore the homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder, or wander wide-eyed about the grounds of almost any European castle. By visiting such places, readers hope to squirrel a little deeper into the imaginations of their favorite writers and visualize more clearly the settings of the stories they love. In truth, readers want to live vicariously through the characters they’ve loved, hated, or feared.

 

 

 

 

Now from another angle…

 

As writers of any genre or platform will tell you, research is part of the gig. Whether he or she is a journalist writing about a current event or, like me, an author seeking to bring the past to life through fiction, we are each striving to give readers a clear inroad to their imaginations. We want them to hear the wind howl across a moor, to feel between their fingertips the silky, golden threads of flax being spun, to smell the spark of flint on char cloth. We want—I want—readers to chill at the waves buffeting a birch bark canoe on Lake Superior, to wrinkle their noses at the rancidness of bear fat rendering over a fire, or to feel the caress of soft hides piled on a clerk’s table, half-way to the low roof in a sooty-smelling log cabin trading post.

 

 

 

 

Research helps. But what is even more fun for a writer is getting to take a pilgrimage to the actual settings of story, or to garner an opportunity to actually experience an old-world activity. By so doing, the writer can take what is lost to most people now, and pass on to readers’ imaginations such first-hand knowledge through the senses of her characters. The next thing you know, the author’s characters and their adventure is alive for anyone who cares to share in their drama.

 

I am not a big traveler, and yet I’ve been able to experience some enlightening literary pilgrimages that live now in my fiction. Here are several of them:

 

  • A walk through the old cemetery and along the river at Peshtigo in the region of northeast Wisconsin, where our nation’s most deadly fire took place in 1871.
  • A visit to an old west ghost town, where I could almost hear the tinny player-piano in the saloon and run my bare toes over the boards of the spur-scarred floor.
  • Partaking in a living history tour at Fort William Historical Park in Thunderbay Canada, the world’s largest fur trade post, where we “engaged in the fur trade” just as they did more than 200 years ago.
  • Attending the Lester River Rendezvous, an annual event that also celebrates the voyageur era and gives how-to demonstrations of many everyday activities common to the time.
  • Observing a Native American powwow, where I was enthralled by the beauty of a jingle dress dance and was privileged to converse with a medicine man about some his tribe’s historical marriage rituals.
  • Museums! Oh, we’ve explored so many! Some were the actual historic structures where we soaked in the sights and smells still alive in a building decades or centuries old. Others were modern buildings displaying the tools and trades of an era. These included prairie houses, old mansions, great lakes ships, lighthouses, naval ships, and old-world cultural displays surrounding the lumberjack era, mining era, the early explorers, Native American life, European settlers’ culture, and so on.
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Going on vacation, we might not always think of visiting a particular place of interest as a literary pilgrimage, but chances are if a site, museum, or even a mountain top has drawn you to visit, something there has probably also stirred the imagination of a writer who soaked in the details and went home to write a novel about it. Even a hike on a portion of the 4000 mile North Country Scenic Hiking Trail that’s passes only miles from my house can carry my imagination away to the days when all around me was wilderness, yet a great many strong men and brave women traveled here and built the homes that lent to our history. I wonder how many other hikers ponder these things?

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, if you can’t get out easily to the places that stir your literary imagination, there’s always the hope you’ll find the perfect story to carry you there. Next on my literary pilgrimage bucket list is to sing and paddle in a 30 foot Montreal (voyageurs’) birch bark canoe (Okay… I’ll take a facsimile.)

 

 

WATCH HERE

 

 

Here’s to your next Literary Pilgrimage!

~Naomi 

 

 

Ride the waves and travel into the Lake Superior wilderness with Brigitte Marchal in Naomi’s new novel Mist O’er the Voyageur. Enter a Rafflecopter drawing at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy.

 

Book blurb for MIST O’ER THE VOYAGEUR

After her aunt's death, Métis woman Brigitte Marchal finds herself alone in Montreal. Uninterested in the convent and desperate to flee a loathsome suitor, she disguises herself as a young man to travel west by voyageurs' brigade in search of her long-absent, fur-trader father. But her inexperience and disguise don't hide her for long.

René Dufour yields to the unwelcome position of shielding Brigitte, but he cannot hide her identity forever. Keeping her safe while meeting his North West Company obligations and honoring his family promises may prove to be more disquieting to his heart than he imagined.

As Brigitte adjusts to the voyageur life on Lake Superior, she struggles to justify the faith she grew up in with the mysticism around her, but greater still is the conflict her heart must settle over who to trust in this rugged, unfamiliar country. 

 

 

You can enter Naomi’s Grand Prize drawing via the Rafflecopter below to win a signed copy of the book, an 8x10 watercolor print “Estuary” by northland artist Viola Labounty, a Philippians 4:13 Blue Soul Scrips Flex-Cover Journal, Note Card Set, and Miscellaneous Swag.

 

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Naomi Musch is an award-winning author who crafts her stories from the pristine north woods of Wisconsin, where she and her husband Jeff live as epically as God allows near the families of their five adult children. She enjoys roaming around on the farm, snacking out of the garden, relaxing in her vintage camper, and loving on her passel of grandchildren. Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Wisconsin Writers' Association, and the Lake Superior Writers. Though she has written in a variety of venues, her great love is historical fiction. Her new novel, Mist O’er the Voyageur, just released from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Naomi would love to connect with you around the web.

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Comments

Naomi Musch From WI At 10/30/2018 10:08:59 PM

Thank you for dropping by, Lisa and Vivian! Lisa, It's so nice to hear from you. I hope your writing is sailing along! Vivian, I think those early works by Janette had a HUGE impact on Christian writers & readers everywhere and still does.

Lisa Lickel From Wisconsin At 10/29/2018 10:24:37 PM

Love to hear about your latest story, Naomi.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lisa. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Naomi.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 10/29/2018 5:05:07 AM

I was first introduced to Christian fiction through Janette Oake's books back in the mate 1970's. She wrote the Love Comes Softly series and many other good books, including children's fiction.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here. Don't forget to enter Naomi's Rafflecopter contest!

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7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene