Each Thursday, an accomplished published author takes over the YEM Twitter account. Each week, the YA author will answer questions, tell stories, and give advice on our social media. This week, young adult author L.M Elliott will be taking over our Twitter account.
L.M. Elliott was a Washington-based journalist for almost twenty years before becoming a New York Times best-selling novelist. Her newest novel, Hamilton And Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship—an in-depth portrait of the least known Schuyler sister, will be released this month. Elliott’s other works about the War for Independence include Give Me Liberty, a look at the American Revolution through the eyes of a young fifer in the 2nd VA Regiment. In September 2017, Elliott’s Suspect Red was released, a McCarthy-era story of two teenage boys swept up in the Red Scare’s national paranoia and witch-hunts. Elliott is best known as the author of Under A War-torn Sky and its companions, A Troubled Peace and Across A War-tossed Sea. As a journalist, Elliott wrote frequently about women’s issues and medical stories, including a nonfiction adult title on domestic violence. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong Virginia resident and history-lover.
Fans of the hit Broadway show Hamilton will love Elliott’s newest novel, Hamilton And Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship. The book follows Peggy Schuyler, who has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. The three of them have a magnetic pull—they are stronger together than they are alone. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Charming, quick-witted, and clever, Peggy is determined to use her talents to make her own mark on the Revolutionary War. When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes an eloquent letter to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, General Philip Schuyler, and the danger to all their lives is real. Everything is a battlefield—from the frontlines to their carefully coded letters and spy work for George Washington—and Peggy must put herself in harm’s way to protect the people she loves. But will her bravery and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe?
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