Colonial America

Colonial American Romantic Suspense

Yes, another 7am morning because I was so enjoying working on my 1773 Connecticut Colonial America story. I grew up in Connecticut and adore its landscapes.

I love history, too, and this is one of my favorite time periods.

It’s a perfect melding of my interests.

You guys are waking up as I head to sleep. I hope you have a delightful day!

Colonial America

1773 Newgate Prison Story

Working on my 1773 Newgate Prison story; I’ve been up until 7am writing it.

Upside – I’m really enjoying writing it. I love this time period.

Downside – turns out there are records documenting the horse thief I’m writing about, but they’re trapped in the Connecticut State Library.

So that says that William Johnson Crawford of Newgate prison was received February 26 1774 and escaped April 9 1774. Technically they don’t know if he escaped or was crushed by rocks, but they never found the body.

He was convicted of stealing of mares in Pomfret and arrested in New Hampshire; convicted and sent to Newgate Prison in February 1774. The records are in the Crimes and Misdemeanors volume VI, pages 35-37 and page 369a. That’s all well and good, but those records aren’t scanned.

How do I get in to them??

Otherwise I’m stalled AGAIN while I wait for them to open, so I can write this story accurately. Arrrggghhh :).

I still can’t find any birth records for him. I looked through the microfiche for Pomfret CT, for Union CT (a Crawford family lived there) … any other ideas?

Narrating Audio Books Lisa Shea

Pen Names and Audio Books

Many authors write under pen names for a variety of reasons. It makes sense, if your book is published under a pen name, that you’ll want your audiobook to be published under that same pen name.

First, let’s be clear. A pen name CAN file for a copyright. That is fine. Many authors do that. Even if you choose to file through the US Copyright Office, to get that extra protection, their forms have the ability to handle a pen name field. You can be wholly protected and shielded. Nobody will ever know the actual person who wrote that work.

But if you head down this path you should have some sort of legal protection.

Somehow you need to establish that you, Lisa Shea, are also writing under your pen name, XXXX YYYYYY. Otherwise, let’s say you choose the pen name Stephen King before he becomes popular. Now he becomes popular and your works are “claimed” by him. How do you have recourse? How do you prove that you were actually using that pen name first and you own the rights to those works you wrote?

These are all issues to work out before you get to the audio book stage, of course. But if you haven’t resolved them yet, now is the time to get them under control. Chat with a lawyer.

In any case, know that whether you use ACX or any other system, you should be able to just make ONE account. You create your personal account for you as a person. Then you load in books for whatever pen names you write under. The system will be able to distinguish between whichever names you want to claim them under.

It’s up to you to remember, as you fill in the fields, that you put in the correct values for the book you’re setting up. If you end up putting your real name into all the fields that go along with your pen name book, then that will be shown to the world.

Always be attentive when filling in fields.

Destiny Interrupted Lisa Shea

Destiny Interrupted Narrator

Hurrah! I think I’ve found the narrator to read my 31-part time travel series! Elizabeth and Robert are reborn during the Civil War, in feudal Japan, during the Trail of Tears, at the Library of Alexandria, and more. Fate tosses them together and rips them apart.

So happy this is getting done.

What are you guys up to today?

Here’s the link to try book 1 for free!