Title: A Thousand Points of Truth
Author: V.P. Hughes
Do you think writers have a big ego?
One cannot make blanket statements about anyone including writers; some do, some don’t.
If you could go back and talk to a younger you,what would you tell them? Be patient with your dry periods.
Do you have a favorite under appreciated novel? If so, why?
I prefer history to novels, but I do like “alternate history” as well. I also love the Father Brown mysteries and the Preston-Childs mysteries.
Do you have any plans for another book? Can you share a little with us?
I would like to do another book using ALL the press articles with commentary and addendum, but this would be two volumes because of the extent of the coverage. However, it would be very limited to say libraries or historical societies; it would not be a general public book.
When you think of success, what does that mean to you?
My idea of success is for this book to change the narrative on Col. John Singleton Mosby and relieve him of the calumnies he has suffered during and after his life. If I can vindicate the man, I will consider myself as having been successful.
For many years, V. P. Hughes has been drawn to certain historical figures whom she researched at great length and in considerable depth regarding not only the person of interest but the period in which that individual lived and his influence upon it. Over the years, she has studied such heroes as Sir William Marshal (1147-1219), Sir Harry (Hotspur) Percy (1364-1403), Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), Sir William Wallace (1270-1305), Francis Marion (1732-1795) and the legendary figures William Tell and Robin Hood. The last three were of especial interest because they, with their few followers, engaged the most powerful armies of the time-and prevailed. Of course, John Singleton Mosby was another such champion-a man who defeated his adversaries with cunning and courage rather than brute military force. Yet Mosby became an even greater curiosity when during her research the author discovered that he had died twenty-five years to the day and hour of her own birth-May 30th, 9 a.m, 1916 and 1941 respectively. Although acknowledged as a mere coincidence, however curious, Mosby’s unique style of warfare and his astonishing success under the circumstances extant, made him of especial interest. Early on, her knowledge of the man centered around the Civil War, but then, copious written works as well as the opinions of past and present day Mosby sages brought to light his post-war life in a manner that seemingly disparaged and negated all the glories that had gone before. Finding this both troubling and unacceptable, when the opportunity arose to refute these calumnies and slanders, the author felt obligated to undertake what is, in essence, a posthumous defense of the man. It is hoped that this unique work will achieve the goal of undoing a great injustice and restoring to a noble American hero the respect and admiration he so richly deserves.