2016 Gold Winner for Best Historical Fiction
This book is my “baby.” It was my first-ever writing project that I actually completed.
The idea for Brothers and Warriors grew out of my genealogical studies. While researching my family history on my mother’s side, I discovered these intriguing Hamilton boys. John Hamilton, the middle of three brothers, was my fifth great-grandfather. These boys were all living on their own farm in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in 1780. The arrival of General Lord Cornwallis out of Charlestown turned their simple farm lives upside-down.
After I discovered the pension record of the older brother, James, I just knew that this was a story that needed to be told.
So … I wrote it. In the span of 10 weeks in the winter of 2015-16, I put all of the words on paper (so to speak … they were actually on my laptop). After an awkward and somewhat messy first edition, I “cleaned up my act” and fixed the numerous errors and logical inconsistencies that escaped my volunteer proofreaders. The result was the book that is now in print.
Brothers and Warriors is the story of some humble farmers and militiamen who served in the Souther Theater and helped win the American Revolution. Their story is typical of many such farmers who grabbed their muskets and fowling guns, left their crops in the field, and marched off … untrained and woefully prepared … to fight the mightiest army on earth. All of the characters are ordinary “salt of the earth” folk. Well … most of them, anyway. There are a few saucy fellows in the story. I even included the precocious teenager Andrew Jackson, future hero of the War of 1812 and future president of these United States.
Like I said … it is my “baby.” Your first writing project is always very special. And, to top it all off, this book won a Gold Award from the National Literary Habitat in 2016!
I hope you enjoy it. And I hope you’ll want to get your copy of the next book in the series.