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Kolpan imagines that Etta Place was born Lorinda Jameson, the daughter of a prominent financier, who becomes known as the loveliest of the city’s debutantes when she makes her entrance into Philadelphia society. Though her position in life is already assured, her true calling is on horseback. She can ride as well as any man and handle a rifle even better. But when a tragedy leads to a dramatic reversal of fortune, Lorinda is left orphaned, penniless, homeless, and pursued by the ruthless Black Hand mafia.
Rechristened “Etta Place” to ensure her safety, the young woman travels to the farthest reaches of civilization, working as a “Harvey Girl” waitress in Grand Junction, Colorado. There, fate intervenes once more and she again finds herself on the run from the ruthless Pinkerton Detective Agency. But this time she has company. She soon finds herself at the legendary hideout at Hole-in-the-Wall, Wyoming, where she meets the charismatic Butch Cassidy and the handsome, troubled Harry Longbaugh, a.k.a. the Sundance Kid. Through a series of holdups and heists, Etta and Harry begin an epic and ultimately tragic romance, which will be the greatest of Etta’s life. Then, when Etta meets the young and idealistic Eleanor Roosevelt, her life is changed forever.
Blending a compelling love story, high adventure, and thrilling historical drama, Etta is an electrifying novel. With a sweeping 1900s setting, colorful storytelling, and larger-than-life characters, Etta is a debut that is both captivating and unforgettable.Amazon Exclusive: Gerald Kolpan on Etta
Until I actually wrote a novel of my own, I thought all those authors were lying.
I would read interviews with them in newspapers and magazines. I would hear them on NPR and see them on television; and they always seemed to say the same thing:
"I really had to follow the characters where they wanted to go. At some point, they developed minds of their own."
These seasoned scribes sat down at their PCs and Macs, and after having composed outlines, drawn diagrams, attended workshops and generally obsessed about a plot, sometimes for years, they were now prepared to stand by and watch the creatures they'd created stand up, stretch, and light off for literary parts unknown.
Sounded like a lot of pretentious nonsense to me.
Well, I'm here to tell you that those writers were as truthful as Lincoln.
All anyone has to do is take a look at the initial outline of my novel, Etta, and then read the finished work to realize that once those heroes and villains start moving around on a page, they're apt to end up anywhere.
A few examples:
Did I foresee any of this? Hell, no.
So not only do people in books have minds of their own, it's a good idea for their creators to hotfoot it after them when they stray into uncharted territory; you never know what wonders they'll find.
Besides, it gives you a great comeback when readers and critics question why your main character did one thing instead of another.
"Hey... it was her idea, not mine." --Gerald Kolpan
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Have listened to this several times and enjoyed it each time.Published 4 months ago by Melodye Trusty
Recently,I gave the book to my Mother for her birthday.She is 87 years young,but rather straight-laced.She callad me just a few days after receiving it . Read morePublished 20 months ago by lcgaffney
Etta fits together perfectly with Butch and Sun Dance. The weaving of this novel is great. It so well written it locks you in and you can not go to bed. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Robert Demott
I enjoyed the story of Etta, which affords the author plenty of freedom since not much is known about her. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Chatelaine
There is a ton in this book and I ended up listening to it on audible, despite having a print copy of the ARC. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey
In Etta, author Gerald Kolpan takes the reader on a rollicking ride that explores the life and times of Etta Place. Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Sandra Kirkland
I was lucky enough to get my first copy signed by the author.The story of Butch Cassidy and Sundance told from a women's perspective.Very clever and well written. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by F. Heart
Overall ,I enjoyed it. The author could have gone into more detail of some scenes. I was disappointed with some of the places where he used his "imagination" I began to wonder what... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by E. J. Evashevski
Although much is not known about Etta Place, this novel sets down a theory of what her life must have been like with Butch & Sundance. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Mojavedave