I have two sets of books here. The first is an alternative history of the US, envisioning how things might have gone had the French prevailed in the French and Indian War. That series comes from some personal experiences. I have canoed sections of the Fox, and driven along its banks. I have followed the voyageur route from the Sault to Quebec and traveled from Green Bay to New Orleans by car and by boat. My wife and I have spent many happy days on Mackinac Island and in Door County.
I am now starting a very different series. It takes place in the tiny town of Amberg, Wisconsin, a place where I used to live. I began the series as a novel about a militia take over of the town, and it was initially called "Two Angry Men." But both men were predictable and boring. I had decided to have the story narrated by the town bartender - Jessica - and I soon realized she was the most interesting character in the book. She took over that book and became the lead in the Jessica Thorpe series. She surprises me constantly. We shall see where the series ends up. If nothing else, it gives me a chance to relive some good memories from Marinette County, Wisconsin.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My son introduced me to alternative history. I was fascinated by the prospect of looking at how history might have been. I found this to be especially true as I read about early American history and the efforts of Washington to expand the boundaries of the British colonies over the mountains. Had he and the British lost, we might have a very different continent. I thought it would be an interesting story to tell
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
What amazes me about Smashwords is the ease with which you can present your work to readers. The website does all the formatting and all the presentation. It even counts the downloads so you get a sense for whether people are reading your books. I really appreciate what the developers have done for authors.
In this third book in the series, Jessica finds love with the president of a Swiss bottling company as they build a plant in her northern Wisconsin community. But when he dies in India, the bottling plant’s new managers damage the local water supply and hold her a virtual prisoner. As she struggles to rebuild her life, three of her former lovers are murdered and all signs point to her.
When a Swiss company builds a water bottling plant in northern Wisconsin, it appears to be a great opportunity. It will bring dozens of jobs to an area that has been losing jobs for decades. But a group of local women wonder what impact large scale pumping will have on the local water supply. Their concerns put them in opposition to most of the town.
It is January in northern Wisconsin. Local loggers are slowly going bankrupt in a town that has already gone bankrupt twice before. The loggers have decided to save themselves by stealing timber from the national forest. A militia group arrives to help. For two weeks a hundred armed men take over this tiny town and invade the national forest in a military operation.
In this final book of the series, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado secede from Canada and fighting begins. Shawn travels to New Orleans to learn more about the rebellion and is nearly killed as he investigates involvement by an American company seeking to profit from the war. Final efforts at peace are made as people choose between carbines and calumets.
In this fourth volume, unknown attackers begin launching assaults in Green Bay and nearly kill Claude Jolliet. But the biggest problems arise from a flood on the Mississippi that inundates the primary shipping and supply center of Canada. Elise and Shawn have 14 days to get systems there running again before the economy of the country collapses.
This third book in the series mixes accounts of early explorations in west and attempts to reach the Pacific through the “Wall” of Rocky Mountains, with an ongoing description of the breakdown of Canada into northern and southern sections.
In this second volume of the series, the French history of the continent is expanded to tell the story of the Huguenots. As in volume 1, some of the early history is an accurate portrayal of the Huguenot exodus from France. But this is also a work of fiction -- in this case a description of the growing conflict between their values and the values of the Catholic North.
In 1755 France controlled most of the North American continent. What if they still did? This novel explores the French period from two perspectives – an historically accurate description of Jolliet’s discovery of the Mississippi, coupled with a hypothetical contemporary view of “Canada.” Based in Green Bay, this Canada struggles between the Catholic north and Huguenot Louisiana.