My dear Emily Grace, don’t shed any tears for me. The tragedies of my life have been indescribable. I have had tears of joy and tears of sorrow; the loss of my family, husband, and child, but the love I’ve known will hold in my heart and never fade. Always remember, one single rose means…I love you.” With all my love forever, Miranda
I wrote Miranda in 2008 when I lived in Leander, TX. It was the second novel that I had written. The story of Miranda began one late night and was finished a few weeks later. I've wondered how each of my stories evolves in my head, but late at night, just as a movie on TV, my stories flow.
I believe Miranda evolved after I had visited a train station that had an old, black train engine sitting on a lonely set of tracks, undisturbed, but full of memories. I was able to climb aboard the train engine and stand quite on its metal steps thinking about all the people who had traveled on that old train, their stories of happiness and sorrow.
A few weeks later, I began writing about a young girl from a wealthy family who lived in the late 1800's, one who was fascinated with trains and dreamed of traveling across the United States. It is interesting, my characters always name themselves. It is as if they are alive and telling me their stories.
As the story progressed, I began to think of James Garner always playing a gambler and had to add the character Nicholas Vaughn Ellsworth, a well-known gambler, and a legend in the West. I’ve always love San Francisco and couldn’t resist having Miranda travel on the Trans Centennial Railroad to San Francisco.
Miranda falls in love with Nicholas Vaughn Ellsworth, knowing it’s scandalous to want a life with him. He gives her one pink rose, which means love, and her special locket with their picture, believing her life is perfect. Miranda’s life story continued with each twist and turn of her happiness and sadness just as all of lives. This isn’t just a story about her life; it is a story about how she handles her life. How she fights to continue and never gives up no matter what tragedies fate throws at her.
Miranda’s story will bring tears of happiness and of sorrow to your eyes and I hope it will leave you with a sense of knowing that God has a purpose for you. Please join me on my adventure of writing. www.diannshaddox.com
Keep your faithfulness for life no matter what tragedies life sends swirling at you.
Don’t lose your joy for life, for when you grow old, you may still exist, but you will have ceased to live.
Life must not be envisioned through others’ eyes, It must be envisioned through your own.
I too treasure meeting travelers on my journeys. You, my child, have been an encouragement for an old man in troubled times. Your traveling companion,
S L Clemens, Mark Twain
Miranda is an executive, the owner of a bank, carries a gun in her purse, kills a man, and falls in love with a gambler. What’s different about Miranda? She doesn’t live in the twenty first century she lives in the late 1800’s.
A forbidden passion prevails over a lifetime between a spirited young socialite and a known gambler in the late 1800’s. Miranda Cathleen Curry, a feisty young Irish woman and an heir to a large fortune is a survivor even after the loss of her family, husband, and baby. Miranda vows to rebuild the Old Grand Hotel, her bank, and her life after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, never letting anyone or anything get the best of her.
Miranda’s story is one of a love that transcends social norms, encompassing two love stories one with Vaughn, a known gambler and her one true love that is forbidden, and the other with Oliver a socially correct marriage. The precariousness of social class and class prejudice in the late 1800’s contributes to the loss of Vaughn, forcing him to leave a life she had planned. Miranda is unwavering as she fights loneliness, her albatross that shows no mercy as it tries to squeeze the life out of her time after time.
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Hi I'm Diann welcome and join me on my adventure. I'm the author of "A Faded Cottage" & "Whispering Fog" and Founder of Diann Shaddox Foundation. I'm a member of the Wyandotte Nation & I have Essential Tremor (ET). I love to travel, cook, which leads to eating and I love wines. Chardonnay is my favorite unless I'm eating steak then I'll take a glass of Cabernet.
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