Colonial America

A Hero for North Carolina’s Loyalists During the American War by Suzanne Adair

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in 18th Century U.S., Colonial America, Featured Book, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off on A Hero for North Carolina’s Loyalists During the American War by Suzanne Adair

The occupation of coastal Wilmington, North Carolina in January 1781 by the 82nd Infantry Regiment provides the historical background for Deadly Occupation, my mystery released 12 October 2015. Commanding the regiment was Major James Henry Craig, a 33-year-old combat veteran. The 82nd had been sent to Wilmington to establish a supply depot in Cross Creek, now Fayetteville, North Carolina. The supplies were to support General Cornwallis’s strategy to subdue the rebel insurrection in the North Carolina backcountry. As it turned out, the supply depot was too dangerous to build, so the idea was...

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Pocahontas and the origins of Tidewater by Libbie Hawker

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Colonial America, Featured Book, Historical Research | 2 comments

I first got the idea to write a novel about Pocahontas years ago, while I was working in a bookstore where I found a biography about the famous Native American “princess.” Curious, and thinking this would be a familiar and unchallenging story, I started reading the biography on my lunch break. I very quickly realized that the true history of this woman’s life was nothing like the myth that had made her live on through the centuries. The idea that historical truth can be so dramatically different from the stories we think we know has been in the back of my mind ever since, and has been a...

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