I began writing in 2010, and although I've written five historically accurate novels, I didn't publish any till the summer of 2020—for a very good reason. History requires a lifetime of study, and oftentimes as I work on one book, I stumble on material I can use in another. This enables me to make corrections as my research unravels mysteries hidden by time. Nor'easter is the fourth novel in my series, but I chose to publish it first to commemorate the Plymouth Colony’s quadricentennial. Much of Nor'easter is set at the Plymouth colony, and chapter one opens in the early summer of 1623, three years after the so-called Pilgrims made landfall. The storyline follows the historical records, but my fictional family and dialog bring history to life.
In 1623, Aleyn James, his life-partner Acoona Stonefire, their children Alan and Tara, and shipmates Haley and Galen escape Spanish Florida and sail up the eastern seaboard, wrecking their diminutive ship Virginia on Cape Cod’s outer coast. Aleyn and his family are welcomed by the three-year-old colony of New Plymouth, where the resourceful family helps build a trading outpost on the very river Aleyn sailed fifteen years earlier while fishing for George Popham’s failed colony in ThunderSnow, a novel yet to be published. Unlike Jamestown in my sequel Dry Rain—where tobacco saved the colony from collapse—Plymouth’s fortune was founded at this post on the Kennebec River that exploited the growing demand for fur in Europe.
Nor’easter is the continuing story of Aleyn and Acoona joining the fledgling colony at new Plymouth, and watching their son Alan go off to war against the powerful Pequots. Nor’easter is a transitional novel in my series. The protagonist changes from Aleyn to his son as the first native-born generation takes on the pitfalls and rewards of forming a new country. Nor’easter covers a full generation ending with their protagonist changing once again just before Allen's son Zeke, a captain in the Plymouth militia, joins Ben Church and creating the 1st Army Ranger unit during King Phillips war unit and began using the Indians own tactics against them, fighting fire with fire in FireStorm, due for publication in 2021.
As Aleyn and Acoona age, their children, Alan and Tara, evolve into protagonists, children born and bred in the colonies. And as the colonies grow and native landholdings shrink, they find themselves plunged into the horrors and aftermath of the Pequot War, the colony’s first major military conflict. Historically accurate, the action gives the reader a sweeping picture of early America. Whether you’re a history buff or an adventure fan, Nor’easter will give you a clearer understanding of the forces and factors that shaped today’s America.
I’m currently working on the sequel, FireStorm, which begins where Nor’easter left off, just before one of the bloodiest conflicts in US history, a catastrophe that nearly wiped New England off the map, King Philip’s War.