Interview with characters in “Impending Love and Death”

In my day job as a journalist, my column name is Freeman of the Press.  I interviewed the two main characters, Jennifer “Jem” Collins and Logan Pierce, of Impending Love and Death which is available Nov. 18, 2015, at through The Wild Rose Press.


Press:   This is Jennifer Beecher known to her family as Jem.

Jem:     It’s Mrs. Ben Collins.  We married in March.

Press:   Didn’t Ben join the Ohio Volunteer Infantry in April?

Jem:     He joined with two of his friends to fight for ninety days against the Rebels.

Press:   What do you think happened to your husband?

Jem:     He’s missing.  When I didn’t receive any word from him, I knew something was wrong.

Press:   Why not wait at home for news?’

Jem:     He could be injured, unconscious, or a prisoner.  I’m a nurse.  I can help him if he’s sick or wounded.

Press:   I heard Logan Pierce refused to help you travel to Washington City.  Do you know why?

Jem:     He gave me a flimsy excuse, but I’m capable of traveling alone.  I was hoping Mr. Pierce could suggest a clean but inexpensive boarding house where I could stay.  It wasn’t like I asked for a tour of the city.

Press:   How did you meet Logan Pierce?

Jem:     He claims I nearly ran him over with my buggy, but I didn’t see him.  Maybe the sun was in my eyes, but he shouldn’t have been strolling in the middle of the road.

Press:   Logan, you’re a politician.  What do you do?

Logan: I began working for Salmon Chase when he was governor of Ohio.  He won a seat in the senate, but President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to his cabinet as secretary of the treasury.  I followed him to Washington City and work as his secretary.

Press:   What is your current assignment?

Logan: As you know the President has declared war on the Confederate States, and it is the Department of the Treasury’s responsibility to pay for the war. I have been traveling to win support for a new state in Virginia and in return gain support in Congress for a proposal to issue bonds to pay for the war.

Press:   How did you meet Mrs. Collins?
Logan: She nearly ran over me with her buggy.  She claims she didn’t see me, but I was in the middle of the road heading toward Mr. Wheeler’s Dry Good Store when I heard her horse bearing down on me.  I barely escaped by jumping out of the path of her vehicle. Women should not be allowed behind the reins of a horse.

Press:   Why did you refuse to help Mrs. Collins go to Washington City?

Logan: Communications can be delayed.  I suggested she remain at home and await news of her missing husband, but she refused.

Press:   Did you reconcile on the train to Washington City?

Logan: We agreed to a truce to escape some blowhard’s version of Darwin’s theory on evolution.

Press:   As a gentleman, shouldn’t you come to the aid of a lady?”

Logan: I make it point to avoid married women.

Press:   But you’re helping Mrs. Collins find her husband.

Logan: I hope I don’t regret it.