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Kisuhs Kamkamoss and the White Warrior
Triggered by a tragic discovery, a young Indian embarks on a quest to find the truth. It is the beginning of a voyage of discovery during which Kisuhs Kamkamoss must face many challenges and confront the dangers and realities of a rapidly changing world. His journey is dogged by uncertainty and fear and sets him on a collision course with an alien culture - his challenge is to make sense of what is happening before it is too late.
This fictional work taps into Native American myth and legend and is set around the time of ‘first contact’ with the outside world. The story is set in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada (modern day New England and New Brunswick) and the story includes reference to a number of tribes who reside there to this day; namely, Mi'kmaq (Lnu or Mi'kmaw), Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik), Passamaquoddy (Pestomuhkati), Abenaki (Alndbak), and Penobscot (Panawahpskek) -the 5 tribes of the Wabanaki Confederacy.
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Uhsimisol and the Thunderbird
"Are not all stories born of some truth?"
As the words left his lips, an icy breath weaved and rustled its way through the branches of the Ash tree and sent a curious tingle down both boys’ spines. Uhsimisol found that he was suddenly unable to move. He gazed trance-like at the Ash tree and muttered almost involuntarily, “Little Brother, listen to me, it is the Demon Tree.”
Hi guys, I'm currently beginning work on a follow up novel to Kisuhs Kamkamoss and the White Warrior, a book provisionally entitled, Uhsimisol and the Thunderbird. It's a prequel and follows the adventures of Uhsimisol and his younger brother, Kisuhs Kamkamoss who go in search of the mythical Thunderbird, Bed-dag Yek. It's a work in progress, but keep a look out for some snippits as I trial selections of the text online.
Best wishes to you all and thanks for checking in!
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Hi, I've been experimenting with converting some of my written work into audio recordings. These are two short stories. The first is called Moon Owl and Black Crow and tells of a young Penobscot girl who tries to find a way of keeping the birds from eating her father's crops. The second is called An Island in an Ocean and tells of the creation of the Earth. I hope you enjoy...
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Born in Wales, I have lived and worked in a number of places around the world, spending nearly 12 years in the US. I returned to the UK in 2008 after being awarded a PhD in American Studies through the University of Nottingham and now occasionally teach American film courses at Cardiff University. I live with my partner, Ali, and our daughter Amber, in south Wales
I have been writing for many years; short stories, poetry, and one or two novels; however, it was not until I started writing children's stories that I considered submitting my work for publication.
Inspired by my father, who told my brother and I bedtime stories when we went camping, I have done the same for my daughter, but unlike my father, I have set mine down on paper, documenting so far nearly 100 stories.
My recent work has focused on Native American culture; weaving myth and legend into tales that attempt to mirror the narrative style and tempo of Native oral tradition.
Kisuhs Kamkamoss and the White Warrior is my first published young adult's novel and is the story of a young Indian of the Passamaquoddy, a brave but restless individual, who, upon discovering that his friend and family have died under mysterious circumstances, embarks upon a journey to discover how and why it happened.
Kisuhs Kamkamoss’s journey is one of (self-)discovery and presents the young warrior with new experiences and new challenges at a time when his and his people’s harmonious existence with the natural world is under threat. It is a time of dramatic change and Kisuhs Kamkamoss’s challenge is to make sense of what is happening before it is too late.
My interest in Native American culture stems from my own family background; my great-grandfather was born Passamaquoddy.
Kisuhs Kamkamoss and the White Warrior is set in and around the coastal region of Maine/New Brunswick, the ancestral homelands of the Passamaquoddy and the Wabanaki Confederacy and utilises a number of words and phrases taken from the Passamaquoddy/Maliseet language.