Author’s Inspiration: “Bayou Fire”

Hi, everyone. This week, I’m sharing the inspiration behind Bayou Fire, my multi-award winning paranormal historical romance.

I’d wanted to visit New Orleans for decades simply because of the food and music, and finally got the chance in 2016, when I needed to go there on business. I took some vacation time in conjunction with the trip so that I could do some sight-seeing.

Now, one of the things I do when I’m going to visit a place is that I read up on its history. I didn’t know a ton about New Orleans, so there was a lot of ground to cover.  In the process of my research, I learned about Delphine LaLaurie, and the fire at her mansion that revealed the abuse of numerous slaves. That incident became the centerpiece for the historical portion of the tale.

BF AwardsHonestly, Bayou Fire remains the book of which I am most proud among all of my works. I was able to get across my love for the city of New Orleans and its culture, as well as some of the social issues that have plagued the city for centuries (e.g., racism). I am not blind to New Orleans’ faults, by any stretch of the imagination. Still, it was an amazing and evocative place from which I was able to draw inspiration across a couple of research trips and a lot of reading to create a time-spanning romance.

Want your own copy of Bayou Fire?  Here are the book blurb and purchasing links:

Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE?

Award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart presents her first full-length historical paranormal tale, set against the backdrops of modern-day and 1830s New Orleans.



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Blackwell’s (UK)

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FNAC (France)

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Mondadori (Italy)





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