Years ago, while researching and writing my first novel, historical romance Red Bird’s Song,  I had a dream–the entire story was inspired by a dream–but this was particularly significant.  Dire, even.
An older warrior appeared before me, darkness all around but I saw him clearly, long gray hair, wrapped in a blanket of the same hue touched with silver. He never spoke a word. His message came to me telepathically, and was one of warning. If I continued down the path I’d embarked on, the way was filled with hardship. He also wanted me to be fair to his people. I was in the early stages of research and had not yet gained the empathy for Native Americans that I’ve come to since then. His profound request compelled me to deeper insight with a focus on Eastern Woodland tribes and the Shawnee–one of the main tribes my ancestors encountered.
As for turning back from the path I’d chosen, I couldn’t. I realized I was alone on a boat in a black sea drifting away from where he stood on an icy shore. I don’t know how to sail, and I didn’t have oars. Nor did I know where I was going, or might find a safe harbor. Forbidding, yes.
And he was right. Completing this novel, many times over as I honed the craft, plus all the subsequent stories, and navigating the baffling world of publishing is like being adrift in an uncharted sea. At night. To persevere has taken unbelievable tenacity. And the adventure continues. This warrior, whom I have thought of many times, took the form of Wicomechee’s grandfather inRed Bird’s Song. The English version of his name, Eyes of the Wolf.
I always knew that was his name.
*Colonial Native American Romance Novel Red Bird’s Song is available in print and or digital download from The Wild Rose PressAmazon,  Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers.  
To read excerpts from RED BIRD’S SONG~


  1. Scarlet Pumpernickel // September 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM  

    Beth, what an interesting dream. Do you think this was your own spirit guide coming to softly, tenderly nudge you toward the path you follow today. I have re-read my copy of Red bird's song now to look for these paranormal elements. It is a great read and knowing this tidbit about it will make the re=reading so much more pleasurable. Do you have Native American ancestry in your line?

  2. Beth Trissel // September 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM  

    I have felt nudged by him many times and he has urged me to be strong. Where he came from is a mystery. He is not always tender and can be very firm. :) He doesn't accept excuses. I only have ancestry in that some of my forebears were taken captive, and we don't know what happened to all of them. For instance, the sister of my great grandmother many times back was never heard from again. I feel a deep connection with Native Americans, that's all I know for sure.

  3. Mary Ricksen // September 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM  

    I loved this story!

  4. Judy // September 9, 2012 at 10:24 PM  

    BEth, I loved this story and believe that dreams like this can help a person, especially when the going gets tough. Love that these elements are woven into your stories.

  5. Mary Marvella // September 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM  

    Beth, your story behind the story is fascinating! I have felt led to write, but not in this way.


  6. Pamela Varnado // September 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM  

    I love the way you add your life experiences into your books. It adds flavor and a sense of authenticity.

  7. Pamela Varnado // September 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM  

    I love the way you add your life experiences into your books. It adds flavor and a sense of authenticity.

  8. Beth Trissel // September 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM  

    Thanks so much guys. Very gratifying to be among such empathetic folk. Without this kind of leading, I never would have made it through that novel, or some of the others either.

  9. Josie // September 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM  

    What an interesting post. I've never been inspired by dreams, but know lots of people who have been.