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Welcome to my website, and thank you for coming. I hope you'll find something of interest here, and that you'll keep coming back to see what's new.
I've put the finishing touches on Volume Three of the Juniata Iron Trilogy, titled Full Circle. It begins in 1900 after the death of Laird MacPhail and follows the MacPhail and Trethaway families to the aftermath of the 1936 flood. Writing this family saga has been fun, and, judging by the number of inquiries I get, a lot of you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of volume three in October. I've already scheduled several events for my promotional tour, so if you're interested in an event, email me. I've got a pretty full schedule, so I hope to meet a whole lot of you at one place or another. I've found that since I finished Full Circle, I'm anxious to move on to the next project, which, I'm sure will have something to do with the Civil War. I'm already doing research.
Funny how much I enjoy writing. I love creating characters and putting them in historical settings, giving them problems and watching them work out their solutions. I know I'd be lost without writing. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning, gives my brain a workout and gives my life meaning. I have a little placard above my desk that says, "The first thing to do is to fall in love with your work." I'm grateful to have work, and to have a legion of readers whose encouragement keeps me going. You'll never know how much your support means to me. Thank you!
More News: My father, Kenneth Redline, was a soldier in World War I, and he wrote a novel based on his war experiences. I have the manuscript, written in pencil in longhand back in the 1930s. I've decided to publish it in connection with the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I, April 2017. So I've been editing the manuscript and have it almost ready. The title is Dig or Die and it is a riveting chronology of the major battles fought by the first American unit to arrive in France, the First Infantry Division, known as "The Big Red 1." My father was wounded and gassed, and was honored to receive the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. I love the idea that a soldier in that war wrote about his experiences and that 100 years later, his daughter has edited and published his work. So keep an eye out for Dig or Die to come out in April 2017. Oh, and one other thing. My son, John, has shown a talent for cover design and he's come up with a stunning cover for his grandfather's book. Take a look!