How did this story come about?
I wrote A Lady for the Lawman because I wanted to continue the story of
crazy Cal Davidson from A Bride for the Sheriff and develop another
strong female character like Claire Maxwell. When working on my master's
degree I took a course on the Civil War. One of the texts was titled
Madness, Malingering and Malfeasance. It was a fascinating work on the
transformation of psychiatry and law in the Civil War era. I wanted
readers to know that thousands of men suffered mentally as well as
physically. Many men did disappear after the war choosing not to return
Cal came from my imagination and at the end he receives the treatment he
needs but his mental illness affected his life and those like Claire who
knew him. The character of Jason Reynolds came from my admiration of the
men and women in law enforcement. My brother was a military police man
for many years and his courage always impressed me. Arianna Quincy's
strong yet feminine character is based on my niece Arianne who is a
kind, gentle, yet strong woman of God.
Jewell Tweedt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting for the Nebraska Brides series. She lives in western Iowa and divides her time between teaching middle school students and writing. In her spare time she reads, gardens and grades papers. Lots of papers. Readers can learn more about Jewell and her books at www.tweedtjewell.blogspot.com
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