Penelope Stout: History or Fiction? 5
Penelope: A Novel of New Amsterdam
This novel is 400 pages of fiction wrapped around a few pages of history. A surprising amount of information still exists about 17th century New Amsterdam. As much as possible I have included people, ships, and events from historical documents. To separate fact from fiction, click on "Novel Time Line" in the left margin.
1. that expands Penelope's story and shows her immersed in that historical era
2. that genealogists will buy for themselves and show to their genealogy-phobic relatives
3. that is so well written and so interesting that those relatives will love the story! Of course, that meant creating more fictional drama such as religious controversy, mother-in-law problems and a murder mystery because a mere scalping isn't enough to sustain an entire novel.
Click on "Read Chapter 1" in the left margin and see how well I'm doing
or click on "Documentation" to see the historical record.
Publication Date: Spring 2012
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback
Price: about $15.00
January 20, 2012
1. creating this web site
2. final edit
3. creating the print file
4. creating cover
Back Cover Teaser
But she never imagines the dangers that await her in the New World.
Penelope's Descendents Who Have Read the Novel.
Or At Least Read Chapter 1
Penelope (abt 1628 – abt 1738?)
Alice Stout (abt 1650-?)
Patience Throckmorton (1671-1726)
John Coward (abt 1700 -1760)
Deliverance Coward (1737-1787)
Hannah Randolph (1761-1837)
James Longstreet (1786-1833)
Eliza Parke Longstreet (1828-1914)
Fannie Holt Lucas (1845-1899)
James William Eckford (1873-1946)
Beulah Broach Eckford (1913-2008)
Jim (email@example.com) McFarlane
Click here to see your Penelope cousins.
The AuthorI have been fascinated by my ninth great grandmother's survival since the day I read Benedict's 1790 account during my early genealogy searches.
I quickly exhausted the local library's resources and had to wait two decades for Google. I finished my research and began to write Penelope's story.
I thought I knew how to write but novels are quite different from computer programs. Which is why my daughter threw out my first 150 pages--you should be thankful--and told me to join South Carolina Writers Workshop. It took a few years but I finally comprehended "Show, don't tell" and "If you're a good enough writer to get your reader immersed in the novel, then don't do anything to distract her."
Then they paid me to retire and I started building my low-maintenance, low-energy, attractive (my wife insisted on that part), distinctive house in an acre of woods (I hate taking care of grass). My son helped with the framing and I hired a few contractors (like roofing and drywall), but I spent 20 months doing most of the work myself. We moved in (yes, I'm still married) in December 2011 and the house survived Christmas with 3 daughters and their husbands, a son and his girlfriend, and a granddaughter. Plus two dogs and a cat.
Now that's out of the way (except for selling the old house--the plan was the economy would have recovered by now), I am determined to publish the book soon. My third daughter has posed for the cover photo. My first daughter will sell and ship the books through her bookstore (very convenient for me).
After I print 300 copies, I will need to persuade 300 tenth-cousins to order the book so I can print 300 more books and find 300 more tenth-cousins.