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 http://goo.gl/CFQBd1 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.