Everything else I told you about her was true. She was a teacher at Columbine in 1999, she has been published in the romance genre, and she has just sold a historical novel that I am very eager to read. The publisher is St. Martin's Press. The novel is Hester, scheduled for release early in 2010. Yes, we're talking about the Hester of Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
In Paula's own words, quoted from her website: "What did a strong, intelligent, passionate woman like Hester Prynne ever see in a wimp like Arthur Dimmesdale? And where did Hester and her daughter Pearl go when they left New England? What did they do? Why did Hester return to America?
Hester answers those questions. It follows Hester and Pearl across the Atlantic, where they discover intrigue, passion, love, and fortune, but where Hester must also face the most formidable Puritan of all—Oliver Cromwell."To read more about Paula Reed and her novel, including an excerpt from Hester, please visit her website. And if you wish to follow Paula's journey toward publication, please visit her blog. I'm betting the journey will be quite a ride.