These two manuscripts are the result of several years’ work, rewriting and fine-tuning. I have a cover in mind for each. Once the artwork is completed, I plan to self-publish each with a target launch of October-November.

“MOVING WILLIE”

An eight-year-old boy’s two years living first in Lowell, MA and then full time on a remote farm in Harvard, MA in 1957, before the highway Route 495 was built through the woods.

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Painting for the front cover done by Janet Watt

These are my first three sentences that grew to an episode and my writing adventure, eventually becoming the story, MOVING WILLIE.

“I scuffed my boots across the gravel yard, hoping the day had made everything all right. The barn door was open the quarter way it always was: it never closed all the way. I pushed letting what was left of late afternoon sunshine spill in over my shoulders, awakening the barn’s insides.”

Moving Willie

“SAWYER’S REGRET”

An historical novel based on true events concerning the kidnapping by Native American and French-Canadian raiders in Lancaster, MA in 1705 of Thomas Sawyer, his son Elias and John Bigelow, a carpenter from Marlboro, MA. The Sawyers and Bigelow were taken to Canada where they remained prisoners for a long time.

In Lancaster Fathers taught sons to keep their musket close, often the difference between life and death, and advice to keep your powder dry was not just a suggestion. But preparation and caution were never enough when an enemy used the oldest proven tactic—the advantage of surprise.”

Sawyer’s Regret