More Historical Mystery: Guest Post from Carmen Stevens


Amber Foxx: Since I’ve been in historical mystery mode, I asked Carmen Stevens to share some background on how she came to write her novel, Anne.

Carmen Stevens: I published my debut novel, Anne, in July of 2013. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and as I grew up, I wrote novellas and short, autobiographical stories. But I felt like I needed to write a substantial novel like Anne. With its themes of love, life, finding happiness, and treating everyone with respect, it is my hope that everyone who reads this book will learn something from it. I like to think that my protagonist, Anne, possesses traits that stem from my own dark side.

Let’s go back in time to the slums of eighteenth century London, England. Filth and disease were prevalent, as were rats and other disgusting creatures. Epidemics of illnesses such as cholera, which resulted from consuming contaminated water, were a common happenstance. Needless to say, such horrid areas in large cities like London in those days certainly weren’t the happiest. But let’s take a look at the psychological makeup of one of the many orphaned children who lived in those slums.

Anne’s life was cursed from the moment she was born. Her fragile mother died giving birth to her, and because of this, her father’s mind snapped. He became an alcoholic, hated his daughter, and abused her. Often Anne ran away from home in order to. Had she not, when she reached twelve years of age, she would have perished along with her father in the fire that he set for himself within their home. After that, Anne became truly homeless, and had to endure living on the worst side of London, begging for food, sipping the filthy water, and learning to do nothing more than to take care of herself. Is it no wonder, then, that her personality becomes rough, self-centered, and narcissistic as she struggles to survive? Anne looks out for no one but herself, yet she dreams of attaining a much happier, better life, no matter the cost.


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Genres: historical fiction, suspense, mystery, thriller, romance, young adult, new adult, women’s fiction, literary fiction, tragedy