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Y is for Yankee #atozchallenge

Technically, a “Yankee” is someone from the northern US. Some use the term to refer to anyone from the States. It can also refer just to someone from New England.

When I wrote Gillian’s Island, I decided to make the hero an American from New York. Some of the conflict in the novel arises from that fact.

The story is set in Ontario. While Ontarians don’t have anything against Americans, the fictitious small town where I set the story had residents who resented my hero’s presence. Rather than the result of his “Yankeeness,” it was, rather, the result of his status as a foreigner buying up local property that was the issue.

Some of this animosity infuses the story through references to him as “the Yankee,” including in derogatory ways even though Yankee is not typically used to show disrespect.

My exploration of the dynamic between locals and a charming foreigner who captures the heart of one of their own coincidentally came at a time when refugees were seeking asylum in countries around the world to escape horrors. Daylin Quinn, the hero in my story, isn’t a refugee. He could buy his way into the country with his dollars and his family connections.

But he still had to deal with resentment and negative attitudes.

While I was writing the story, emotions were high about whether Canada should accept refugees. This gave me a lot to contemplate and influenced the course of the story.

 

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One Response

  1. My hubby’s family is from the South and his grandmother called the northern part of the US Yankee Land. Cracked me up.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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