AUTHOR JENNIFER HUDSON TAYLOR LOOKS TO HER PAST FOR INSPIRATION
Inspirational author Jennifer Hudson Taylor is creating fictional characters from her ancestors - sometimes unexpectedly!
|Ever wondered who your ancestors were? What they were like? What circumstances drove them from their homeland to where you are today? |
I wonder about these things. With my vivid imagination, I’ve dared to delve into my family genealogy and bring my ancestors back to life in my fiction.
Authors often use personal experiences in their novels. Why not unique genealogies from detailed research?
When I discovered some court records that my ancestor Elijah Hudson was the first person in Darlington County, South Carolina, to emancipate a slave in 1810, I couldn’t help but wonder why. He had other slaves. Why not them? What was so fascinating about this particular slave, Ben, that Elijah would go to court to release him as a free man into society? Keep in mind this is nearly 50 years before the Civil War abolished slavery. Therefore, I created a reason, thus a new fiction novel was born. It isn’t yet published, but my agent is shopping it around.
My family surnames of Galloway, Gregory, and Frazier are all Scottish. Even though I’ve written two Scottish romance novels, I did not base them on any of these families, but nevertheless, one strange occurrence did happen. I started writing my debut novel, Highland Blessings:, in 1998. Eleven years later in January 2009, I discovered an ancestor, Nancy Ann Morgan. The description I found of her greatly resembles the description I had created of Akira MacKenzie, the heroine in Highland Blessings:.
- Jennifer Hudson Taylor