WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
Welcome to 'Carrington'
REBECCA TEMPLEMAN WAS REARED in a small town, historic Marshall, Michigan, under the influence of a happy, extended family and an affable father and mother. She was educated at Colorado State University with a B.A. Degree in English. After three decades as a licensed real estate broker, she bloomed late as an author.
What began as an epic tale of the 20th century has morphed into a passion for writing period fiction. She penned a children's mystery in 1994, long before the 2015 release of her debut novel SEVEN DAYS IN CARRINGTON, Volume 1, and the 2017 sequel, ALWAYS AND FOREVER. Reminiscent of a memoir, Volume 3, THE SUMMER STORIES, chronicles the innocence of youth and coming of age in the mid-late 20th Century. Crafted as a seven-part period fiction series, CARRINGTON has evolved as a dream of becoming a screenplay.
Volume 4, SEASONS OF LIFE, An Ode to Joe, was released in May 2018. Volume 5, "Season 5"- IF STATUES COULD SPEAK - returned to dear old Carrington in August 2019. During the COVID-19 health pandemic, Templeman published Volume 6, CAMP CARRINGTON. The LAST VERSE is not published yet, and it will close out the series in 2022 or when the Muse decides. You can request a copy of the TREATMENT FOR FILM on the author's website.
The familiar settings are inspired by the author's childhood, impressionable local leaders, changing political landscapes, and her grandparents. Recurring themes are immigration and assimilation, Americana, history, lasting friendships, and baseball tidbits. Templeman is fascinated with local color and old houses. Her lyrical style strikes a harmonious chord between the sentimental - and with cadences like an O. Henry vulnerable endearment. Moreover, she strives to write with current events driving an urgent backbeat for cultural change.
While living in Charlottesville, Virginia, Templeman entered a short story contest judged by best-selling author John Grisham. The experience laid the foundation for her debut literary novel, SEVEN DAYS IN CARRINGTON.
HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 7
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
I'm a Fan of Americana. Good, bad, and in the sordid twists and triumphant turns that define us, I love my country still. We are a godly nation, revered for its unique form of government and values.
But I had been asleep since the 1960s as critical theories infiltrated public and private education, and the great rewrite of history began. When, at the ripe age of 60, I was compelled to write fiction, opportunity came knocking to auto-correct our timeline's distortions. Writing fiction also liberates the right side of my brain to indulge in creativity and compassion. Reading or writing certainly makes us better listeners.
Who else feels the hunger--to know the complete, unabridged historical perspective? An educated person, or a future generation, will be the beneficiary. We certainly do not sanction the evil from our present, and past mistakes. But why throw out the Baby Jesus in the mirky bathwater of cultural challenge? There is a plan, and we're part of it.
My hope is you'll fall in love with our great country again. Upmarket fiction should pivot with plausible plots and vibrant local color. My endearing, fallible characters are anchored in this morning's headlines. Love it or leave it, CARRINGTON brings the best of America back to life. Ultimately, the journey will be infused with wisdom and humor. Odds are, when viewed through an empathetic lens, we will see goodness. Grounded in loyalty and forgiveness, big love will always come pulling into the station. All aboard--Volume 7, The Last Verse, and everyone's getting off.