October 5, 2022

Tracie Peterson Interview With Suite T Talking About Her Book Under The Starry Skies

Tracie Peterson

Award-winning novelist, Tracie Peterson, has been praised for her captivating historical fiction novels. While each novel weaves a different tale, Peterson packs her signature elements of history, action, and romance into each work while also offering
underlying life lessons. In her newest novel, Under the Starry Skies, Peterson crafts a story about facing your past and learning to forgive others and yourself.

Tracie, give us a brief description of your new novel, Under the Starry Skies

This book is a historical romance set during WWI in New Mexico. Mexican revolutionaries are destroying the Santa Fe Railroad, and as the danger intensifies, Cassie and her longtime friend Brandon must rely on their faith to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

After a minor accident, your female protagonist, Cassandra Barton, has to take a break from her current role as a seamstress. What did she do to occupy her time while she was recovering?

Cassie fondly remembers the stories her father told of working on the Santa Fe and decides to collect stories from other railroad workers and put together a book.
Cassandra’s friend, Brandon DuBarko, is a railroad worker with a troubled past. 

Without giving away any spoilers, can you please give readers a hint about Brandon’s troubles?

Brandon acted out of anger as a youth, and it completely altered his life.

What did you learn from researching the lives of railroad workers during the early 1900s?

One of the main things that jumped out at me was the true brotherhood of the men who worked the rails. There was a deep camaraderie that bound them to each other, not only for the sake of getting work done but also for the safety of their lives.

Under the Starry Skies relays how Mexican revolutionaries tried to destroy the railroad. What was their motivation for the destruction, and how did this impact the lives of railroad workers and the community?

The concern that Mexican revolutionaries were trying to destroy the railroad came about due to Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico. After that, every time something went wrong, people were quick to believe Villa had returned to cause more harm.

Facing your past is one of the underlying lessons found in Under the Starry Skies. Are there other lessons embedded in the pages of your book?

My stories always deal with forgiveness. Cassie and her sister have to learn to let go and forgive the past. Brandon has to learn to forgive, as well. Forgiveness is critical for these characters to move forward.

Why did you choose Santa Fe as the setting for your novel?

I chose the Santa Fe Railroad for this series because it’s always been near and dear to my heart. My grandfather and other family members once worked for the Santa Fe. I chose San Marcial because it was once a divisional headquarters
for the Santa Fe, and my research provided some very interesting stories about the place.

You have received high praise for your award-winning historical fiction novels. What do you love most about writing books in this genre?

I love sharing little known bits of history, as well as bringing to life a time long gone.  I also like to explore the past because it proves there really isn’t anything new under the sun. Problems that were prominent in the 1800s were also prominent in the 1900s and 2000s.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a three-book series with each book again standing on its own. The setting is the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909 in Seattle, Washington.

Tracie Peterson ( is the award-winning
author of over 100 novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid
research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family
make their home in Montana. 

Visit to learn more. Readers can reach me at my website or on Facebook at


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