Today we welcome author Ed Londergan and his new work: "The Devil's Elbow" a thrilling historical story.
THE DEVIL'S ELBOW
On many a night, I’ve stood outside watching the stars twinkling and shining in the dark sky. I saw them that night through the window in the west-facing second floor room and the feeling it gave me was altogether different from past times. Instead of a pleasant sight that made me marvel, for I was always fascinated by nature’s displays, I felt a pervading sense of loneliness and despair. There we were, 99 of us, crammed into a hot, stinking house surrounded by hundreds of Indians who wanted to kill us and see us dead. Instead of being just 25 miles from Springfield to the west and Marlboro to the east, we might as well have been hundreds of miles from any civilized place.
- For people who haven’t heard of The Devil's Elbow, make a brief description.
The Devil’s Elbow, a historical fiction novel set in colonial
follows Jack Parker from his orphan childhood days as an apprentice to a greedy and brutal Boston merchant to the isolated pioneer settlement of , where he ends up in the fight of
his life to protect the people and place
he loves. The book is set against the background of King Philip’s War, the single greatest
catastrophe to occur in seventeenth-century Puritan
New England. Brookfield
The knowledge Jack’s father gave him, that the measure of a man is how he deals with the worst life can throw at him, the support of the powerful man who becomes his friend and deep, unshakeable love for the childhood friend who becomes his wife, fuel Jack’s determination and will to survive. All Jack has learned on his eight year journey meets its greatest test when he and ninety-eight others are trapped in a four-room tavern for three hot, humid August days, fighting for survival against 400 once-friendly Indians, who are determined to wipe them out and reclaim their land and way of life.
- When did you decided to become a writer?
I never made a conscious decision. It was just something I did. I sat down, started writing, and haven’t stopped yet. I do know now what I want to do when I grow up – I want to write for a living.
- Do you have specific habits when you write?
To overcome writer’s block, I write anything even total nonsense right in the body of whatever I am working on. It can be anything from an opinion on something I read, to a letter to someone I do not know, to cranking about someone or thing that ticked me off. It doesn’t matter what it is; it is the act of writing that pulls me through. Usually, after a few minutes, I will find myself back into the story and I am off and running.
- Are you an early bird or night owl?
Night owl. I like to write when the house is quiet and stay up late writing for two hours or more every night.
- Where do you get your inspiration?
I find inspiration in little everyday things. A woman tenderly touching her husband’s arm, a look of determination on a man’s face, the smell of wood smoke on a frosty autumn night, a phrase in a book, a scene from nature, all act as triggers to my imagination.
- Would you like your book turned into a movie? Do you have any actors in mind?
I would love to have my book turned into a movie. Many people who’ve read it, people I do not know, tell me that it would make a great movie. I would like Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Matt Damon, and Tommy Lee Jones to be in it.
- What are you reading right now?
Lot by Stephen King. I have read it several
times over the years and re- read it now
and then to study the character development. King is a master of that to the point where you can think of someone you
know who is like the character
he is describing.
- Name your favorite books.
The Grapes of Wrath, Arundel, Rabble in Arms, The Alchemist, The Stand, Mark Tidd’s Citadel.
- Name your favorite authors.
John Steinbeck, Kenneth Roberts, Stephen King, Paulo Coelho, David Baldacci, Clarence Budington Kelland
- Best reward as a writer?
Having someone I do not know recognize me and tell me how much they enjoyed my book and ask when the next one will be coming out.
- How do you react to a bad review?
I crank and complain for a bit, then go back and re-read it to see if there is any truth to it, then absorb it and move on.