Andrea Boeshaar: When Storytelling Becomes A Passion

Kuhn Boeshaar, Andrea 2014

Everyone’s Story gives a big welcome to author Andrea Boeshaar. I’ve seen Andrea’s name plenty through the years, but it wasn’t until I invited her to visit with us on Everyone’s Story and began to format this week’s feature did I realize that Andrea has nearly 1 million books in print. Can you say WOW? That number boggles my mind. Congratulations, Andrea!! So, how does an author not burn out from writing story after story? Andrea’s “secret weapon” seems to be that she loves each story’s setting and time period. Join Andrea this week as she shares the road trip that helped her to re-fall-in-love with the setting of  A Thousand Shall Fall, which is also the BookGiveaway that Andrea’s generously offering–check it out below. Both Andrea and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

NewAndreaBookBookGiveaway:

Andrea is offering 1 printed copy of A Thousand Shall Fall, a Shenandoah Valley Saga, to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, March 11th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).

 

Oh, Shenandoah! By Andrea Boeshaar

What is it about rivers? They evoke emotions. Serenity and longing, sadness and fear. They inspire songs. There’s “Moon River,” “Old Man River,” and “Proud Mary” who’s “rolling on the river,” just to name a few tunes. There’s also “Oh, Shenandoah,” an early nineteenth century folk song about the Shenandoah River. Most of us have heard it, but if you’re not familiar with the song, here is a YouTube link to a lovely, heart-tugging rendition.

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The Shenandoah River

Indeed, the same elements of romance and mystery surround the Shenandoah Valley or “Daughter of the Stars,” as the Native Americans called it, and my husband Daniel and I decided to take a road trip and explore it. The books in my latest series, Shenandoah Valley Saga, are set in the Valley, so it was largely a research trip. And we picked the perfect time of year: October. The trees were just beginning to turn.

The year of our trip, 2014, also marked the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Winchester III and Cedar Creek which some would argue ensured a Union victory during the American Civil War.

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Historical Marker on Old Valley Pike (US 11)

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Marker and the place where Union troops bivouacked

I’m an American History enthusiast, so the Valley’s rich history beckoned me. Since much of my book, A Thousand Shall Fall, takes place in Winchester, we decided to tour the city’s historical section first. I walked past the Taylor Hotel that often served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. During the Civil War, the town was the center of three battles, one in May of 1862, the second in June of 1863, and the last in September, 1864.

Why so many? Winchester was (and is) the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley.

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The Taylor Hotel which served as a hospital during the CW

I had no problem imagining the ladies of Winchester, Virginia, caring for soldiers who had been wounded in those conflicts. But no matter how gruesome the task, these courageous women rolled up their sleeves and tended to bloodied, wounded warriors. During America’s Civil War, their town, located in the lower Shenandoah Valley, was no stranger to cavalry raids, guerilla ambushes, and clashes between the North and the South.

Next Daniel and I decided to spend time cruising Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. It’s known for its spectacular views, and that’s no understatement! We stopped at Signal Knob, a place on Massanutten where Confederate soldiers spied on the Union Army. Southerners watched Yankees’ movements, and then signaled their commanders as to the enemy’s location. At just the right time, the Rebel Army would attack.

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Andrea at Signal Knob (on a windy day)

The next day we made one final visit in the Valley—to the town of Middletown and its annual Civil War Weekend. The majority of events were held on the Belle Grove Plantation grounds. Some 5,000 re-enactors descended on the plantation’s grounds, and about the same number of attendees were expected, making this particular Civil War event one of the nation’s largest.

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The Cooley Mansion (aka Belle Grove Plantation)

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This is the office inside the mansion that General Philip Sheridan used

when Belle Grove served as Federal Headquarters

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Andrea with two “living historians.”

As we packed the rental car to head home, I asked Daniel if we could stop and see the Shenandoah River once more. I was particularly drawn to its north fork near Front Royal where a skirmish between Yankee and Rebel cavalries took place in August of 1864. It’s where the beginning of my book takes place. The river was shallow, but its banks were just as hallowed as ever.

I was reminded then that rivers are living entities, life sustainers, and, most importantly, God’s creation. Like these rolling waters, remnants of history will continue to ebb and flow throughout generations. However, it’s up to us to keep it alive.

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Andrea at the north fork of the Shenandoah River near Front Royal

Andrea’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Everyone’s Story: Visit with multi-published #historical author @AndreaBoeshaar. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

Take a road tour with @AndreaBoeshaar to the Shenandoah Valley. (Tweet This)

#BookGiveaway of @AndreaBoeshaar’s A Thousand Shall Fall. #AmericanHistory #HistoricalFiction (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Andrea Boeshaar has been married for nearly 40 years. She and her husband, Daniel, often brag about their 5 precious grandchildren. Andrea’s publishing career began in 1994. Since then, thirty of her books have gone to press with nearly one million copies in print.

Places to connect with Andrea:

Website

Twittter

Facebook

Amazon

 

Elaine Sightings This Week:

Janet Brown’s Blog

Saturday, March 5th

Patricia Bradley’s Blog

Monday, March 7th

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Always with You by Elaine Stock

Always with You

by Elaine Stock

Giveaway ends April 02, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Andrea and I look forward to your comments. The comment area is below. Click “Comments.”

28 comments to Andrea Boeshaar: When Storytelling Becomes A Passion

  • Ann Ellison

    I haven’t read any of Andrea’s books but sounds like I sure need them to my to read list. I enjoyed the interview, and would love to win a copy of this wonderful sounding book.

    • elaineadmin

      I was just wondering who the first commenter will be, Ann, when I saw your sweet comment dart across my computer screen and land into my email inbox. After all these years working on a computer it still fascinates me! Anyways…

      I’m so glad you visited this evening. You’re in Andrea’s drawing!

  • Anne Rightler

    Wow is right. Over a million books in print. That is wonderful. My 10 yr old grandson is quite a war buff and has been a drummer boy in Civil War enactments. (His maternal granddad is a Civil War enacter and has passed his passion on to Sam!) Sam’s sister, 12, is now able to go to her first Civil War ball and is so excited. I look forward to reading your new book and of course, here’s hoping to win! Thank you for sharing.

    • elaineadmin

      Anne, I’m delighted to see you here once again. I love, love, love seeing viewers return!

      That’s wonderful your grandkids–and at such an early age–appreciate history so much. It’s so nice to see a family collectively sharing their interests and spending time together.

  • I’ve read a lot of Andrea’s books including A Thousand Shall Fall. I love her books because her settings are so obviously well researched, rich and real. Her stories always expand my knowledge and understanding of the subject and provokes my emotions through multi-layered characters – often so like me, I can fully imagine being there and watching or experiencing that snippet of history.

    I’ve especially appreciated the books that have Wisconsin and Michigan settings, and several of her books remain on my shelf for re-reads.

    With all that said, I did not realize she had a MILLION books published! Congratulations, Andrea – what a gift you have. I’m so pleased to have been a recipient of your talents.

  • Looks like a gal after my own heart. I love historical research. I have not read any by Andrea. I do enjoy being introduced to new authors. I tweeted this for you Elaine. Blessings,

    • elaineadmin

      Barbara, I’m glad you’re here… you and Andrea definitely need to meet. I can see the two of you hitting it off!

      Thanks for the Tweet 😀

  • I’d like to be entered to win a copy of Andrea’s books. I’m always interested to see how authors weave history into their novels.

  • I just love living history demonstrations! What a cool trip, you and your husband took, Andrea.
    It’s wonderful when you can absorb the era you’re writing about. It sounds like you gleaned
    much from your trip. Thanks for sharing.

    Another enjoyable, informative post, Elaine!

  • Patty

    What a beautiful area of the country, and full of history! My brother lives in VA and it is always fun to visit him.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Patty. I agree. I’ve driven through Virginia-W.Virginia and have always marveled at the area’s beauty, though I’m not envious of all the snow its getting this winter!

  • KayM

    I love the Shenandoah Valley and have been to most of the places Andrea mentioned. I also love the history of the area. Thank you for this interesting post.

    • elaineadmin

      Kay, so nice to see you 😊 I’m glad you’ve enjoyed Andrea’s feature… can’t you just feel her enthusiasm?!

      And personally, thanks much for entering my Goodreads Giveaway of Always With You!!

  • Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate all the comments. I’m getting over a chest cold / fever and flu that seems to be making its way around the office. I hope to be feeling better in the next day or so and then I can respond individually to your remarks. Meanwhile I appreciate everyone who took the time to comment.

  • What a fun research trip! I love reenactments, and the Shenandoah Valley is such a beautiful area. Andrea’s books sound so good.

  • elaineadmin

    I’m posting this for AnnaLee who originally posted this on my blog feed on Goodreads:

    Andrea, if I win this book, it sounds like one I’d share with my husband. He loves Civil War history. I really enjoyed your tour of the Shenandoah River Valley. I love it when historical books are true to the setting. I’m writing my third novel, and it too is set around a river–the Yukon River that runs through northwest Canada and across Alaska, where I grew up. I have visited it twice, once in Alaska and once in Whitehorse, YT, when the majority of my book is set.

  • Marilyn R

    A Thousand Shall Fall is on my TBR list. I enjoy reading historical books during this era–especially when they are based on true facts. I have seen a small reenactment of this era and it is so touching what our country went through during the Civil War. Thank you for sharing. I would love to win this book since this is my favorite historical period to read. God Bless.

    • elaineadmin

      Greetings from the warmish-springish Northeast, Marilyn. You’re in Andra’s drawing! Thanks for visiting.

      Looking forward to seeing you next time 🙂

  • While I’m so sorry that my guest, Andrea Boeshaar, was under the weather during her guest appearance, I’m grateful that Andrea visited with us these past few days. Andra, I think we’ve all been praying for you and I hope these lovely viewer comments have inspired you to mend faster!

    Thanks for the BookGiveaway of A THOUSAND SHALL FALL. And the winner of Andrea’s novel is…

    Ann E. Happy reading, Ann. Enjoy. Both Andrea and I will contact you in direct emails shortly.

    Blessings to all.

  • Thank you Elaine for hosting me on your blog. Also thank you, readers, for all the wonderful comments about my post and my new book. Happy reading!

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