Archived Author Spotlights

Vali Benson - Author of Blood and Silver

Q: What inspired you to research and write about the town of Tombstone, Arizona in the 1880s?

A: My new book, Blood and Silver, was inspired by my many visits to Tombstone, AZ. We live less than an hour away and I became increasingly curious about what was now a town of thirteen hundred people. In 1884, Tombstone was a roaring metropolis and was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco; quite a different story today.

Q: Which character did you enjoy writing the most?

A: I enjoyed writing about my heroine, Carissa, the most because she was in trouble when she arrived in Tombstone. But she was brave enough to ask for help and smart enough to manipulate Miss Lucille, who was a very scary person to cross. She was able to outsmart the bad guys and achieve her own happy ending.   

Q: Which character was the most challenging?

A: The most challenging character for me was China Mary. There are so few facts about her life, especially before Tombstone, and that severely limited my ability research her. Mary’s life in Tombstone was documented to a degree by a combination of fact and hearsay but all steps were taken to ensure historical accuracy and I am convinced she was very much as I portrayed her. 

Q: What are you currently working on?

A:  I have two more novels that I have been working on, both very different from Blood and Silver. But since publication of this book, my “fans” have been asking for more of Carissa, China Mary and the old west. So I am trying to think of what new trouble my girls have been getting into.  

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