Tara Conklin is a writer and lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. Most recently, she worked as a litigator in the New York and London offices of a corporate law firm but now devotes herself full-time to writing fiction.
Her debut novel is The House Girl.
From Conklin's February 2013 interview with Bookmagnet Blog's Jaime Boler:
JB: How did you come up with the idea for The House Girl?Learn more about the book and author at Tara Conklin's website.
TC: I came across the words “slave doctor” in a biography I was reading, and that term made me stop. I started wondering about the kind of person who would occupy such a conflicted role – to dedicate your life to healing, but your patients were destined only for more harm. From that initial spark of interest, I wrote the story of Dr. Caleb Harper. The two women who appear in his story – Dorothea Rounds and Josephine Bell – grabbed me. I wanted to know more about them, so I started writing about each separately and I just kept writing, trying to discover how their stories connected. Caleb’s is the last narrative now to appear in the book, but it’s where the whole thing began.
JB: What kind of research did you do for your story?
TC: I read a lot of slave narratives, letters and journals from the time period, jotting down unusual words and phrases as I found them. This helped me use the right language for the historical sections. I also read fiction and non-fiction about the antebellum south and the Underground Railroad and did a fair amount of concentrated googling as required to get the details right. You’d be surprised how much you can find on the internet about...[read on]
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