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Clarissa Thomasson on The Authors Connections

Clarissa Thomasson on The Authors Connections

Clarissa Thomasson became interested in writing historical novels when she learned of the Civil War heroics of her great-great-grandmother, Sarah Holeman Stroud, from her great aunt, Octavia Stroud Perry, Sarah's granddaughter. This led to her researching and writing her first novel, Defending Hillsborough, which was followed by a sequel, Reconstructing Hillsborough. Her third novel, Lorinda's Legacy, is a mystery, which is also based on a historical incident involving a murder and the ensuing trial. The fourth novel, Florida Shadows--set in Southwest Florida in 1918--highlights Florida flora and fauna and encompasses the building of the railroad from Arcadia to Boca Grande and the early days of the Gasparilla Inn in historic Boca Grande, Florida. Florida Secrets moves the characters from Boca Grande to Ocala, Florida, and is laced with stories of north Florida and the Seminole Wars. The final book of the trilogy, Florida Sunset, brings the characters to Venice, Florida, in 192