Welcome to The Purgery
Hi, my name is Krystal Mercer McLellan. In May 2017 I made a bold life decision: I left my job in Washington D.C., relocated to Peru, and began writing full-time. The change was risky. Already I’m feeling the financial ramifications. But you know what? My heart is thanking me.
I call myself a “Texas Writer,” because almost everything I write seems to tie back to my home state. It’s a fascinating place whose mythology has long outsized the reality and physical geography of the area it subsumes.
Right now I’m focused on writing a novel set in early 19th century Texas. I created The Purgery to share my book’s journey with you: from the moment I conceived the idea back in March 2016 to the day I see it displayed on the rack.
What’s in The Purgery?
On this blog I share research findings, writing tips, and lessons learned about the historical fiction writing process. This page summarizes what you can to expect to find on The Purgery. But first, here is a little more on what I’m all about:
I believe the lessons we learn from history and through human connectivity empower our fiction to change the world.
I started this blog with a couple of burning questions:
- How do storytellers spin fiction from fact in a way that embodies truth and influences a reader’s worldview?
- How are men and women today really so different from all the men and women who lived and died before us?
- What does it take to become successful at writing, publishing, and promoting a work of historical fiction?
What I’m discovering is a community of creatives in various walks of life who grapple with similar questions about how to make a positive impact through writing and storytelling.
If you have an itch to pursue the writing life, or if you happen to have an interest in the human history of the Texas Gulf Coast, then this is the place for you.
I publish new articles one to two times per month. If you are interested in learning more, sign up for updates by entering your email below.
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The Purgery is my home base. You can also find me on Medium as @KrystalMercerMcLellan, where I contribute to The Writing Cooperative publication. I write inspiration, productivity, and self-improvement articles as @Storydog.
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I hope the chronicled odyssey of my creative and analytical processes benefits anyone else who aims to write a better story. If it does, please send me a note. I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading.
In 19th century sugar manufacture, the purgery was the draining room of a sugar house where molasses separated from raw sugar. This was the room that foretold the making or breaking of a sugarman’s good fortune in the years that were to follow.