Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Remember When . . . The Culper Ring Lived On?

Yesterday I had the joy of chatting with my editor at Harvest House. I'd asked her a few questions about my plans for Whispers from the Shadows, to make sure my intent of throwing the romance formula out the window would go over okay. ;-) And while we were talking, she shared a bit of fun that I have to pass on.

Anybody watch USA's show White Collar? It's one of those I've always thought looked really good, but we just didn't have time for another show to get addicted to, LOL. Well, apparently a couple Harvest House folks watch it, my editor included, and they got very excited when last week's episode (from August 21, 2012) dealt with nothing other than the Culper Ring!

I've yet to track down the episode online so I can watch it (though that is on my to-do list this week for sure! Finally, an excuse to watch the show!! LOL), but I'm told the premise was that a professor lost his tenure at a college when he was laughed out of academia for stating outright that the Culper Ring is still operating today.

Squeeee!!!!!

Anyone want to take a guess on the premise of my entire series? That (that's right) the Culper Ring didn't end with the Revolution like history books say it did. That the members took up the mantle again when the need again arose. Ring of Secrets is based on the documented escapades of this most-trusted spy ring of George Washington, but its sequels will delve into the what-ifs. What if the War of 1812 came to an end because of intelligence the Culpers gathered? What if they found themselves pitted against the Knights of the Golden Circle during the Civil War?

What if these untrained intelligencers perfected their craft over the years, perfected their codes and their inks and their methods until they could operate indefinitely without detection?

Ooo, fun, fun, fun. Especially when it shows up in other popular outlets, like White Collar and Brad Meltzer's Decoded. Or ever when the places I wrote about suddenly appear on the news, like several recent stories about Oyster Bay on the Long Island Sound.

White Collar viewers got a sneak peek at my world last week as the characters talked about my characters--Robert Townsend, known as Samuel Culper Jr., and George Washington, a.k.a. 711. They got to see the places the Culpers operated and speculate on whether they're still around.

And I get to sit back and grin and thank the fine folks at USA for priming the audience for me. Coming soon, folks! Coming soon!!

10 comments:

  1. Aren't those what-ifs fun?!

    We are waiting for Netflix streaming to make the rest of White Collar available. Mama and I had fun watching that naughty boy and his hilarious henchman, but we don't like to be constrained by TV's hours. Patience.

    Timing, obviously, is everything. How lovely that they hit the right timing for you, Roseanna!

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    1. We do Netflix streaming too, and I was thinking I might have to get caught up on White Collar through that. ;-) Not that that will yet help me with last week's episode, LOL.

      And yep, that timing's pretty fun!

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  2. Hey! Maybe this might lead to a future movie?

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  3. How fun! That is so exciting. It's pretty fun to find unrelated things somehow manage to cross paths. If you find a link, please share!

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    1. Will do! And YES, it's so exciting!!! =)

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  4. I did watch that episode, and it was SUCH fun to see their take on The Culper Ring--especially knowing your book is coming!!

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    1. I so wish I had seen it! But big thanks to you and Kim for the head's up. =)

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  5. I loved that epsisode! It was so fun to see the subject of Roseanna's new novel in this form. The Culpers live on! :) And like Roseanna's beautiful writing, White Collar is also easy to love.

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  6. So VERY cool. Hope you can find it!

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