Historical / Literary

Love, Hatred and Jealousy. But Also Regret.

July 2, 2013
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Indie author James Ferron Anderson

With her husband half a world away, in the trenches of Flanders, in 1918, Sarah Underhill struggles alone to maintain their home for his return.

But these orchards and lands have been part of a misjudged attempt to establish an English Eden in the arid interior of British Columbia in southern Canada.

The help she finds is young Irishman Jack Butler, whom she discovers to be a liar, a thief, and possibly worse. Their love affair must end with her wounded husband Edward’s return.

In James Ferron Anderson‘s novel “The River and The Sea” Jack’s love turns to jealousy and hatred, and when he gets his chance to lead Edward to possible death in a foolish three-man hunting trip in the frozen north, he takes it.

But as the three men starve and freeze, and slowly die together, Jack’s perspectives change. And if he survives and returns to Footner, who will Sarah be waiting for?

Will she be waiting at all?

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The Indie Author Life

Choosing a good title for a book can be the most challenging part of the writing process.

In a racent blog post, James Ferron Anderson explained how “The River and the Sea” acquired its name, deep into the process:

For eighty percent of its long life up to publication day my novel The River and The Sea was not called that. It was known to me and the half dozen who knew of its existence as Left Things Late. That name was so very evocative to me. So very relevant. Completely in tune with the themes of the novel, not just a work of love, hatred and jealousy, but also of regret. It was inspired by the last words written in a real-life journal left in a cold ashy stove by the youngest, and ultimately also doomed, member of the three-man team of misguided adventurers on whose narrative I had based my own characters’ destructive frozen experiences.

I was happy that unlike anything else I had ever written I had found the perfect title from the get-go.

Then I won a free read and critique from The Literary Consultancy via The Writers’ Centre, Norwich. The reader had a lot of good ideas. He had one not so hot one. It concerned the title…..

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