While it’s summer and traveling season, it’s a good time to re-run old posts. Here is one from March 14, 2014 about my YA historical romance novella, available as an ebook on Amazon, or with the print version of my novel Quicksilver to Gold.
Worth Her Weight in Gold: Was Ada real?
My new novella Worth Her Weight in Gold is the prequel of Fools Gold and the next book in my Gold Rush series. Ada is the main character this time. You might wonder if she was a real person in history.
Ada Weiss is a figment of my imagination. But I based her loosely on a real person, Crystal Snow Jenne. The Snow family came to Juneau, Alaska in 1887 to run the new Opera House. The family performed plays and musicals there. Their daughter Crystal went on to teach, marry, have several businesses, become Juneau’s postmistress, and serve in the Alaska territorial legislature. Her journey from performer to businesswoman and public servant inspired Ada’s story.
Here’s the blurb for the book:
Ada Weiss is content to sing with her family at the new Juneau Opera House. But when she meets miner Tom Hickok, she wonders if there’s more to life than the stage. For Tom, Ada is more precious than all the gold in the Treadwell Mine, but he doubts a regular guy has a chance with a beautiful singer. When a mob threatens to run their friend China Joe out of town, Ada and Tom work together and learn what their true characters really are.