And it was the way she said it that wouldn’t let me be.Confident, irked and, yet, deeply wounded by the words she spoke. Months of hearing this over and over in my head produced a wicked case of insomnia. (Hush, I read your thought bubble, sister.)I didn’t say a word!(LOL—in silent thought bubble.)(Moving on…)In an effort to reclaim my compos mentis, I wrote the sentence and its corresponding scene in my journal.

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The house in New Charlestown was calling me to research its past and solve its Underground Railroad secret.

A mystery set between Eden in present-day West Virginia and Sarah Brown 150 years ago.

Looking back, I realize that from the first sentence, I was playing mapmaker to the Mapmaker. I methodically outlined both characters’ narrative trajectory start-to-finish.

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Sarah Mc Coy’s novel “The Baker’s Daughter” was a nominee for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction, a New York Times and international bestseller, and perennial book club favorite.

She returns with her third novel, “The Mapmaker’s Children,” for which Sarah spent three years researching abolitionist John Brown’s family history — most notably, his daughter Sarah Brown.

Praised as ingeniously plotted and magnificently transporting, “The Mapmaker’s Children” highlights the power of community and legacy, illustrating the ways in which history and destiny are interconnected on one enormous, intricate map.

“The Mapmaker’s Children” was hailed by the Washington Post as “lovingly constructed” and “passionately told.” The Dallas Morning News raved, “Mc Coy mined the archives for information about Brown’s daughter Sarah, an artist who is the titular character of her latest novel … “The Mapmaker’s Children” moves back and forth between Eden Anderson in 2014 New Charlestown, West Virginia, and Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown in 1859 West Virginia.