HISTORICAL FICTION AUTHOR ANNETTE H. VALENTINE
BIG BLEND RADIO INTERVIEW: Author Annette Valentine discusses her historical fiction series that includes “Eastbound from Flagstaff” and its sequel, “Down to the Potter’s House”. Hear/download the podcast on Spreaker.com, SoundCloud.com or YouTube.com. This segment was part of Day 5 of Big Blend Radio’s “History, Heritage & Culture” Festival. Hear the whole show on BlogTalkRadio.com.
Annette Valentine’s debut novel, “Eastbound from Flagstaff” (Morgan James, September 2019) tells the story of a young man in transition during the 1920s. This multidimensional tale explores theological concerns and existential worries, while providing a compelling narrative about waywardness, grace, and returning home.
By blending Southern historical fiction with a classic bildungsroman foundation, Valentine portrays an individual who comes to recognize the significance of family, loyalty, and the richness of heritage. Simon Hagan is running from a lie, intent on believing his own efforts and perseverance can overcome anything. He abandons roots that offer him strength and tries to reckon with his father’s God who could have delivered better outcomes for him in his youth but didn’t. The first installment in an epic trilogy, “Eastbound from Flagstaff” follows Simon’s return to the notion of forgiveness.
Taking place from 1921-1942, Valentine’s second installment, “Down to the Potter’s House” (Morgan James, November 2020), tells the story of Gracie Maxwell, a woman who fights for her heritage during World War II. When Gracie Maxwell didn’t know what the night would bring, she began to trust the God she could not touch or see. Valentine’s captivating sequel to “Eastbound” examines the complex lives of those still living in the States, while their loved ones courageously fight abroad.
Annette Valentine is an inspirational storyteller with a flair for the unexpected. By age eleven, she knew that writing was an integral part of her creative nature. Annette graduated with distinction from Purdue and founded an interior design firm which spanned a 34-year career in Lafayette, Indiana and Brentwood, Tennessee.
Annette has used her 18-year affiliation with Toastmasters International to prepare her for her position with the Speakers’ Bureau for End Slavery Tennessee and is an advocate for victims and survivors of human trafficking and is the volunteer group leader for Brentwood, Tennessee.
Annette writes through the varied lens of colorful personal experience and the absorbing reality of humanity’s search for meaning. Mother to one son and daughter, and a grandparent of six amazing kids, Annette now lives in Brentwood, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their 5-year-old Boxer. To learn more about Annette’s life and work, visit https://annettehvalentine.com