1607 — 1687
The history of any conflict is usually written by the winner, for what can the loser chronicle but the shame of defeat? An accurate history should reflect all sides but seldom does. My historical novels are accurate, given the differing and often conflicting accounts upon which they are based. And my fictional character's viewpoints regarding the invasion and subsequent occupation of the great North American wilderness come straight from the pages of history. The first attempt to colonize New England couldn't have come at a worse time. It was the height of the "Little Ice Age" that gripped Europe and North America. It was the beginning of a seven-year drought, and the colonists built Fort St. George near the front lines of the opening clashes of the Tarrantine War, an escalating bloodbath between the Mi'Kmac and Penobscot Indians. Carving a colony from the virgin wild is challenging enough under the best of circumstances, but these additional disadvantages created conditions that form the heart of ThunderSnow, where my story begins. Although the major events in my novels actually occurred, the cause and effects are blurred by time, scarce documentation, and the fact that existing records are oftentimes conflicting or obscure. Many of the main characters are actual participants in the Great Immigration. Some are figments of my imagination, as is the dialogue. I hope my saga of the James family unveils a better understanding of what occurred at the founding of America and sheds light on familiar but often misconstrued mythologies that resulted. I apologize in advance for any errors or omissions, for as Alexander Pope once said, "A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong."