Christy Gissendaner 

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Interview with Haley Whitehall!

Posted by christygis on January 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

I'm excited to have Haley Whitehall at the blog today, talking about her latest release and what's going on in her life recently. Help me welcome to this fantastic historical author!


1. Welcome, Haley, to my blog. Please tell us about your latest release, Civil War Valentine, and where our readers can find it.

Civil War Valentine is one of six novellas in the anthology Love, Valentine Style. It is available exclusively on Amazon, and it is free today: and


Here is the blurb for Civil War Valentine. It isn’t my usual historical romance.

Charlie Bristol comes to Seattle to set up a traveling Valentine's Day exhibit. The director of the museum surprises her with a package of Civil War valentines from an anonymous donor. She is touched by the heartfelt messages. Does such powerful love still exist?


During a nap she dreams she's alive during the Civil War and meets Elliot Lowery, the author of the valentines who mistakes her for his fiancée Charlotte. She and Elliot negotiate the murky waters of wartime romance. When she wakes she's still under the dream's spell and Valentine's Day love is in the air. Can love work some miracle time and death cannot overcome?

2. You center many of your tales around the Civil War. Is there a particular reason you’re so fond of this setting?


I get that question all the time. The Civil War has always been my favorite time period. I have a history degree, and the 19th century U.S became my area of concentration. Sometimes I wonder if I had a past life during the Civil War…


3. What do you like to do for fun?

I like to hike… in the mud, across ice I don’t care. Getting fresh air and being close to nature helps me clear my head and plot my stories. I also enjoy reading (big surprise, right) and playing with my black cat.

4. Your website says you’re a member of Write on the River. What is this?

Write on the River is my local writing organization. We have a yearly writing conference in Wenatchee, Washington every May. The organization strives to help writers of all genres from non-fiction to children’s books, to romance. The Write on the River workshops are what helped me to get published.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, past or present, where would you go?

In the present I’d love to go to Australia. It is on my bucket list. If I could travel back in time I’d like to stay on a cattle ranch in the 1870s. I love a cowboy!

6. Boxers or briefs? ; )

Boxers. 

7. You live in Washington State, yet many of your stories feature slaves. Were slaves common in Washington? Can you give us a brief historical snippet about your hometown?

Washington State was the 42nd state admitted to the Union in 1889. The Civil War ended in 1865 so we weren’t involved in the Civil War or slavery. I don’t have any local history to rely upon, so it is a good thing I have a large library of diaries and other books to help with my research.

I live about three hours from Seattle which is the largest city in Washington. My hometown has the comforts of city life while being small enough to also have the small town feel. I like living so close to the mountains. Deer often come across the street and nibble on the trees.

8. What’s next for Haley Whitehall?


Actually Civil War Valentine has inspired me to start writing a new series involving a family of women with second sight who happen to fall in love with ghosts. They are contemporary/paranormal with a historical twist.

9. If you could choose one of your books to make into a major motion picture, which would it be and why?

Oh boy, that’s a tough question since I love all my stories. My debut release Living Half Free tells the story of a mulatto slave boy who passes as white and falls in love with a Cherokee woman. It is more historical drama than romance. I would choose it to be a major motion picture because it is similar to 12 Years a Slave. (I am so excited Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for a best actor Oscar!) Right now people seem to be interested in learning about the dark parts of U.S history which is good, and I think Living Half Free would be well received.

10. And lastly, where can readers find out more about you?

Readers can always visit my website or connect with me on Twitter @HaleyWhitehall.

Thanks so much for coming by, Haley, and chatting with us today!


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Reply Haley Whitehall
11:44 AM on January 19, 2014 
Thanks for having me over, Christy. :)
Reply Daisy Banks
11:50 AM on January 19, 2014 
Great post, Haley. I love the idea for the new series. It must be so useful to belong to a writers group like that.
Good luck with your latest release.
Reply Haley Whitehall
7:14 PM on January 19, 2014 
Thanks, Daisy! You've experimented with ghosts already. Yes, I am lucky to have my writers organization. I'm lucky to have supportive writer friends, too!