I'm excited to announce another book launch for OC Publishing! Apple Gidley's debut novel, Fireburn, launches today, the anniversary of the historical event that inspired the title. This historical fiction tells the horrors of a little-known, bloody period of Caribbean history.
“Informed by impeccable research and infused with a deep curiosity and love for the beauty and complexity of the West Indies, Fireburn is at times shocking, at times deeply moving and always engaging. Historical fiction of the highest class,” said Matthew Parker author of The Sugar Barons.
Weathering personal heartache, main character, Anna Clausen survives the worker rebellion on October 1, 1878, 30 years after Emancipation, as she challenges the conventions of the day and faces hostility from the predominantly male landowners.
“It was at the ceremony that I first heard about Fireburn, also known as The Great Trashing,” said Gidley. “I thought it would be fun, and interesting, to write a novel around the riot, looking at the event from different cultural perspectives.”
As you can imagine, with homes in both Houston and St Croix, the weeks leading up to this book launch have been heart-wrenching for Apple as she herself, as well as friends and family were directly in the destructive path of hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
With such close connections to the island, Apple has decided to donate part of the proceeds from sales of her book to the St Croix Foundation fund set up for Maria restoration.
You can learn more about the author and her books at http://www.applegidley.com, follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/applegidleywriter and on Twitter @expatapple.
About The Author
Apple enjoys the contrast between the vibrancy of Downtown Houston and the relaxed pace of the Virgin Islands, where the history of the islands fuel her interest in art and culture. Her blog A Broad View can be found at www.applegidley.wordpress.com. Follow her on Twitter @expatapple.