Nancy Pellicer Dyer

Biography

Nancy Pellicer Dyer is of Minorcan descent. Her family is from St. Augustine, Florida, the nation's oldest city. She grew up hearing stories of the struggles of her ancestors from her father. Her desire to find the truth behind the folk tales culminated in her desire to share what she had learned in her first novel, The Minorcan Yoke.

Nancy's working career in the communication industry has made it possible for her to be well traveled. She has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in the Mediterranean as well as the U.S.A. At present, Nancy and her husband live near Stafford, Virginia. She is working on a second novel that continues where the first novel, The Minorcan Yoke, leaves off.

Smashwords Interview

Why did you first start writing?
I grew up with my fathers stories about our hero ancestor and in his retirement years dad did a scrapbook of his memories. Unfortunately the book was lost to the family not long after his death. I never got to read his scrapbook and felt a great sense of lose. I wondered how much of stories I had hear was true and how much was fiction. In an effort to find the truth and recover those lost tales I turned to the internet and reading history books. As my research progressed my file of notes grew but I had no one to share it with. People were just not interested in talking about history or reading dry facts. I soon realized that the best way to reach these people was to tell a good story, using the recorded facts. So I began at the beginning and put a story around the information I had collected, the way my imagination saw it all unfolding. It took four years of research and writing to bring the story of Don Francisco Pellicer to life and was worth ever minute of my time.
What are you working on next?
My next novel (working title - The Minorcan Quarter) is in the final stages of writing. It is the sequel to The Minorcan Yoke. It picks up where the first book ends. The Minorcans struggles to survive did not end with there escape; they had many more years of hardship and adventure. British St. Augustine was at war with the thirteen colonies and the governor neglected to fulfill his promises to these wretched refugees.
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Videos

Author's lecture and reading of novel, "The Minorcan Yoke"
Author Nancy Pellicer Dyer reads and lectures on her novel, The Minorcan Yoke at New Smyrna Museum of History in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The lecture covers the first rebellion at the New Smyrna Colony in 1768. Nancy is available for lectures and reading. - approx. 30 min. video

The Minorcan Quarter Book Synopsis
Author Nancy Pellicer Dyer reads a short synopsis of her sequel novel, The Minorcan Quarter due for release in fall 2014.

Books

The Minorcan Quarter, The Colonial Tale of St. Augustine
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Series: Minorcan, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 127,930. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Beginning during the American Revolution, The Minorcan Quarter spans a turbulent period in history. Don Francisco Pellicer and his fellow immigrants struggle through hardships to build new lives in St. Augustine after escaping years of slave-like conditions in New Smyrna. Follow the destitute band as they scratch out an American existence in the wake of countless lives lost and endless hardships.
The Minorcan Yoke
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Series: Minorcan, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,960. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Just south of America’s oldest permanent city, St. Augustine, Florida, lie the ruins of the largest colony the English attempted to establish in the New World. New Smyrna was established in 1768 by 1,400 indentured servants. Their nine turbulent year odyssey under English domination and servitude was a struggle to survive against tremendous odds.

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