Let Me Introduce You to Joseph Roberts

Let me introduce you to Joseph Roberts, the main character in my book, It Took a War. You can call him Joe. That's what his mother and sisters call him. Or you can call him Roberts like his comrades do.

The year is 1861. Joe is fifteen and his everyday life looks like this: he works at his family's store, gets his sisters in trouble for taking them on boyish escapades and is always quarreling with his cousin, Lucas, who lives with them. It's a dull life as far as he's concerned and so when war is declared, he enlists and becomes a solider in 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers. But war is nothing like he imagined, and to make matters worse, he must endure having his rogue of a cousin in the same regiment. Poor Joe. But it's good for him, really. God teaches him so much over the course of the war.

Joe kinda looks like Augustus Prew. I've only seen Augustus Prew in Copperhead which is a Civil War movie so if my Joe ever made it to the silver screen, Mr. Prew just might do. 
(I didn't even mean for that to rhyme!)



What do you think of Joe? Would you like me to introduce you to his family and friends?


-Emily

9 comments

  1. I like him and would love to meet more of his family. :)

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  2. 11th PA? A Civil War novel? With such an effortless-sounding title that I love? Um, can I volunteer now to read "It Took a War" when you're finished with it?
    I love the movie Copperhead--still need to get it on DVD, as a matter of fact--and Joe sounds like a fantastic character I'm anxious to read!

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    1. I think we're kindred spirits, Meghan! =) When I read on your blog that you were writing about PA during the Civil War, I got SO EXCITED. I can't wait to read your books! Which regiments are you writing about? I still need to get Copperhead on DVD as well...it was such a great movie! We should definitely read each other's books and chat about research, Civil War stuff and writing. =)

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    2. I do believe you're right, Emily! {I need to follow up on comment replies sooner than a week later! Sorry!}
      I've immersed myself in research about the PA reserve regiments during the Civil War. So much so that when I begin my *next* Civil War books I'll need to break away and re-familiarize myself with important details *not* pertaining to PA reserves. ;) Ah the life of a history nerd writer!
      My main male characters are in the 6th PA Reserves/35th PA Infantry regiment, company...D. Recruited in Chambersburg April 22nd 1861 and trained at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg from late May{?} or early June and shipped down to DC the *day* after Bull Run.
      I could write a whole letter in this comment! LOL Feel free to email me at: mmbbg72493 {at} gmail {dot} com or find me on Facebook!

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  3. I like the sound of Joe. He seems relatable, especially since a friend of mine left recently to join the military. I worry about her and wonder how she's doing.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and for commenting, Audrey!

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  4. I'm extremely interested in this book now. XD I love the name Joe, too. I'd love to hear more about this!!

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    1. Thanks, Em!! I'll definitely be posting more about It Took a War. =)

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