About Carrie Dalby

Reader, writer, homeschool mom, all-around book geek, and music lover. Current project is a historical Southern Gothic family saga series for adults, THE POSSESSION CHRONICLES. The fifth book releases September 2020. Author of FORTITUDE (YA historical) and CORRODED (YA contemporary.)

Murmurs of Evil by Carrie Dalby

My next guest post on Bienvenue Press’s Front Porch Blog.

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For the next few weeks, we will be hosting authors from Bienvenue Press who will be sharing scenes from their books that highlight their settings. This week, Carrie Dalby stops by the Front Porch to share some of her southern gothic book, Murmurs of Evil. So, sit back, have a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy!

On the Front Porch with Murmurs of Evil

Thank you for welcoming me back to the front porch for my third instalment. Murmurs of Evil is the second book in The Possession Chronicles. It furthers the drama surrounding the Melling family. Today, we’re heading to their weekend house near Montrose in 1906 as Magdalene Jones, the newly hired lady’s companion for Mrs. Melling, arrives.

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What Mr. Melling referred to as his cottage was nothing short of a manor to Magdalene. It might be smaller than his mansion in Mobile, but the looming spires…

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Perilous Confessions by Carrie Dalby

Another guest post for Bienvenue Press.

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For the next few weeks, we will be hosting authors from Bienvenue Press who will be sharing scenes from their books that highlight their settings. This week, Carrie Dalby stops by the Front Porch to share some of her southern gothic book, Perilous Confessions. So, sit back, have a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy!

On the Front Porch with Perilous Confessions

Thank you for welcoming me back to the front porch for my second instalment. Perilous Confessions is the first book in The Possession Chronicles. It kicks off the drama surrounding the Easton, Melling, and Davenport families—lots of high society scandals and Mardi Gras mischief—that spans a quarter of a century over eight novels. Today, we’re stopping in 1905 and we’ll be on the front steps of the Roman-Catholic cathedral in downtown Mobile, Alabama, for Christmas Mass with twenty-year-old Lucy Easton, her family, and love interest, Alexander Melling.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

A series of guest posts for my publisher’s blog kicked off today. Check it out.

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For the next few weeks, we will be hosting authors from Bienvenue Press who will be sharing scenes from their books that highlight their settings. This week, Carrie Dalby stops by the Front Porch to share some of her young adult novel, Fortitude. So, sit back, have a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy!

On the Front Porch with Fortitude

Many thanks to Bienvenue Press for hosting me on the porch—and welcoming me back as I’m kicking off a six-part series focusing on the porches in each of my novels. As way of introduction, I’m Carrie Dalby. I like to refer to myself as the Southern Gothic branch of the Bienvenue Press family tree—and so far they let me. Maybe they’re scared to say something because I’ve written some creepy stuff, but I promise I play nice.

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We All Need Fortitude

Today–Saturday, June 6, 2020–marks the 122 anniversary of the Tampa area race riots that happened during the mobilization of the troops to Cuba for the Spanish-American War. For my novel, Fortitude, I researched the event from multiple sources and did my best to portray the situation accurately, though it was heartbreaking to dive into such vileness as the triggering event. More lives were lost in Florida (due to disease and bigotry) than in the Cuba campaign of the Spanish-American War.

If you’re not familiar with Fortitude, it’s a coming-of-age Southern Gothic listed with Grateful American Foundation as a “Best History Book” for kids (targeted for 5-10th grades), one of only three dozen books currently on the list. It’s about standing up when you see injustices and helping your fellow man, no matter the cost. The settings are mostly familiar ones to my readers: Mobile, Dauphin Island, Mon Louis Island, and Tampa in 1898. It was my first published novel in 2015 and is now in its second edition with Bienvenue Press, home of The Possession Chronicles–and several of the characters if Fortitude make an appearance in the series.

We must learn from the past and move forward with compassion–and fortitude.

Pinterest Boards

As a highly visual person, I enjoy utilizing Pinterest for research and story ideas. I have boards for each of my novels and even some of the main characters, as well as for favorite things like books, movies, and colors.

While I search things on Pinterest, I also do a ton of research for my historical fiction in person–on location and in libraries. I have a lot of research photos that I haven’t added to Pinterest, though I sometimes post about them on social media. Here are a few samplings from the 1910 Mobile Register newspaper I came across while researching for Scarred Memories–great examples of how truly modern the era was.

Would taking the time to upload my research photos be something you’d be interested in seeing? (I’m adding these two to the Scarred Memories board now.)
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