3 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 3, 2017!
Arriving in the Mexican pueblo of Los Angeles in 1842, Henry Scott first encounters the fertile landscape of Southern California. Scott meets Don Rodrigo Tilman (based on the real life John Temple) and becomes foreman of Tilman’s newly-purchased cattle ranch along the Los Angeles River (the present day Rancho Los Cerritos). As Scott learns about ranchos, cattle, vaqueros and Indians, Mexican California and Tongva Indian village life start to come alive. Tilman, Scott, Tongva Indian Big Headed Girl and Franciscan Padre Jose’s lives intertwine with loss, hope and redemption.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) Where did you get the idea for When Water Was Everywhere?
The novel emerged from several long road trips through the San Gabriel Mountains that ring the Los Angeles Basin. During these trips I wondered what the first people who lived here thought about living in the shadow of the mountains. I wondered what the river looked like when it wasn’t encased in concrete like it is today. I imagined back to when L.A. was a pueblo full of Tongva Indians and Spanish missionaries.
2) Is your novel based on a true story?
Much of When Water Was Everywhere is historically accurate because it is based on over a decade of research, especially on Mission San Gabriel.
3) Who is your main character based upon?
The novel’s main character is based on the life of John Temple, a wealthy rancher and owner of the first store in Los Angeles pueblo. Temple bought Rancho Los Cerritos in 1843 as 27,000 acres of the Nieto land grant.
4) What do you read?
Fiction and poetry.
My favorite novel is Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, which I’ve read nine times. I also love Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nadine Gordimer, Jonathan Franzen, Louise Gluck and Jumpha Lumphiri.
5) What’s next for Barbara Crane?
My goal for 2017 is to complete my year of marketing When Water Was Everywhere (May 2016 to May/June 2017) and then start a new project. I’m still very much in marketing mode, but ideas for new projects have started to percolate.
Readers have asked me to write a sequel or reveal what happens to my characters from When Water Was Everywhere. For a long time, I’ve wanted to write a fictionalized family drama based on several generations of my family. My father had eleven brothers and sisters, so there is lots of material to draw from. Then again, I might gather some of my travel writing into a collection.
About the author:
Barbara Crane is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her 2016 release, When Water Was Everywhere, won a Beverly Hills Book Award. Her 2001 novel, The Oldest Things in the World, was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year.
Crane’s short stories and nonfiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Sun, Birmingham Arts Journal, and the Outrider Press Black and White Anthology series.
Barbara has enjoyed careers as a business journalist, teacher, and corporate communications consultant. A native Los Angelino, Barbara took her degree from UC Berkeley. She lives in Long Beach with her husband. Visit Barbara online at www.barbaraecrane.com.
3 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 3, 2017.
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