Saturday, September 20, 2014
K.B. Laugheed, Author Appearance
The Spirit Keeper is historically accurate. It's not a teen novel, although some bookstores and libraries have categorized it that way only because Katie O'Toole was seventeen when savages removed her from her family. It's not a romance. It's authentic and real, not a fantasy.
Laugheed's young editor left Penguin in March. The Spirit Keeper was released in September 2013,
The Spirit Keeper is the first book that K.B. Laugheed sold. It's an Indian captivity narrative. In 1747, Katie, a seventeen-year-old girl, was removed from her Lancaster County, Pennsylvania home by Indians. But, the book is about the differences in perspective. Everyone has a different take on the book.
Katie's narrative starts by saying she was the thirteenth child her mother conceived. At that time, only one fifth of all children conceived lived. Women were pregnant twenty-five to thirty-five times in their life. If a child made it to age ten, they usually lived because they had survived a number of diseases. Pregnancy and children shaped every aspect of women's lives. The view of children was different then. Women didn't get attached to children because they often lost them.
The Spirit Keeper is not a true story, but it is historically accurate. It's Katie O'Toole's account. K.B. Laugheed said she was captivated by native culture when she was seventeen. She lived in that world, and was compelled to write about it. She said maybe it was ancestral guilt since her great-grandparents were the first people in the part of Indiana she's from. They moved people out.
K.B. Laugheed concluded by reminding us that she wrote twelve books before this one was published. It takes time to learn the craft of writing.
If you would like to win an autographed copy of The Spirit Keeper, email me at Lesa.Holstine@gmail.com. Your subject heading should read "Win The Spirit Keeper." Please include your name and mailing address. The giveaway will end Thursday, Sept. 25 t 6 PM CT. Entries from the U.S. only, please.
K.B. Laugheed's website is www.kblaugheed.com
The Spirit Keeper by K.B. Laugheed. Plume. 2013. ISBN 9780142180334 (paperback), 341p.