Reviews for Genesee
"GENESEE is an extraordinary book about love, hardship and prejudice. It's well written and full of wonderful characters. Even though they have many differences, Genesee and Alexander are true kindred spirits. Ms. Waldron keeps you enthralled by, a little at a time, giving tantalizing tidbits of their origins. This story isn't sugarcoated, which is really refreshing. There are some instances of violence, but they're brief and handled well. Anyone who enjoys an honest, realistic story will love this one."
“Genesee is a fascinating look into the early life of upstate New York during the [American Revolution]. Juliet Waldron makes you feel as if you’re experiencing Genesee’s trials and tribulations right along side her. The complex family structures, the interactions of the Dutch settlers with the Seneca nations and other Native American tribes, the atrocities committed in the name of war, Genesee returning to her Indian heritage, are all elements that meld very effectively to make this outstanding story one well worth reading over and over.”
~ Lani Roberts
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‘ . . . Juliet V. Waldron spins a magical tale of love during the American Revolution in her new historical novel, “Genesee.”
. . . “Genesee” won the EPPIE 2003 award for best historical novel. The award was presented by EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection organization.
. . . The story of confidence in one's self, faith in love and the resilience of the human spirit, “Genesee” is an entertaining romantic adventure set in a young America, but its lessons are timeless.’
~ Mary O. Bradley
Copyright 2003 The Patriot-News. Used with permission.
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About Juliet Waldron
“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Twenty years ago, after raising her children, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write. She has always loved historical novels which provide a view into past lives and always tries to give readers a genuine "time travel" experience. A grandma now, she enjoys putting what she has learned about people, places, love and relationships into her stories.
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An Interview with Juliet Waldron
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Juliet, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Genesee. Where did the idea for this emotionally-engaging tale?
JW: I lived in the Finger Lakes district of NY State, and heard exciting stories about the history. As half of NYS was behind a Treaty Line during the Colonial period -- white settlement was forbidden-- the Iroquois still had large villages everywhere. My father’s ancestors were Dutch, and I learned that these Dutch traded for fur with the Iroquois, frequently sending their teen sons into the forest to conduct business as a test of manhood. Genesee grew from imagining what life was like in those days, with a true wilderness close by, and families -- one way or another -- intermingling.
HH: What do you like about Genesee and what's her greatest strength?
JW: Genesee is a survivor. She’s the willow who bends but does not break. In this case, it’s the Revolutionary War which brings the storm of death and destruction to her valley. No matter what happens, her spirit remains strong. She finds an inner courage which supports her through every trial.
HH: What did you enjoy most about her growth and development throughout the story?
JW: The simple notion which is not so simple -- she learns to accept herself. As she’s a biracial person in an age which is violently intolerant, she has even more insecurity on her plate than the average teen. She learns she can hold her own in both her mother’s and her father’s world, and that she can stand on her own, without either of them.
HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?
JW: I remembered growing up in the country, with pastures and cornfields for neighbors. We were close by Skaneateles Lake, and spent whole days spent swimming in and rowing on that cold, cold water with my friends. (In those days adults just said “don’t drown” and left us to our own devices.) Later, I did research in Albany, which was one of the jumping off points into Indian Country.
HH: What sort of research was required to bring this tale to life?
JW: I read out-of-print histories of the area, as well as researching the local Iroquois tribes. I also read new, fascinating studies of the New York Dutch, and was impressed by the civil rights Dutch women had, especially when compared with their English sisters, who were then, more or less, “property.”
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JW: I’ve got a novel coming out with Second Wind Publishing. Roan Rose, which is set during the Wars of Roses in England, is the “downstairs” view of the Earl of Warwick’s family, seen through the eyes of a peasant girl who becomes a lady’s maid. “Dame Fortune” raises Rose high and then casts her down again, but she too is a survivor, one who will live to bear witness to the fall of the storied House of York.
HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?
JW: That e-books, which I’ve been involved with since the days of the Rocket Reader, have been widely adopted. That more and more readers are using the ‘net to find the kind of books/genres they like best. This, inevitably, leads them to the Indies and small press writers--the last best hope for readers tired of the “same old thing.”
HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
JW: Going to see my kids and grands, now in Atlanta. I don’t get to spend enough time with our grandgirls. One is thirteen this year, an especially cool age. Another has just started her service in AmeriCorps. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/why/index.asp
I can hardly wait to hear all about her experiences.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
JW: On my Kindle, naturally. several books at a time. Am enjoying Sumerford’s Autumn, a quirky historical by Barbara Gaskell Denvil, Jude Pittman’s exciting Kelly McWinter Mystery Anthology, and Kim Murphy’s family ghost sequel: Whispers Through Time.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
JW: Ginger Simpson. She’s a prolific author and an excellent storyteller. She’s also extremely generous to other writers when it comes to giving advice and a willingness to share what she knows. Of course, my wonderful Books We Love Publishers, Jamie and Jude, who
have done so much for their authors--and they write great stories, too!
HH: Thank you!