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James W. George is a lover of history and historical fiction. He is a graduate of Boston University and a military veteran. He is currently residing in Virginia with his wife and children.

He published his critically-acclaimed debut novel, "My Father’s Kingdom," in January 2017. The novel, set in 1671 New England, depicted the prelude to King Philip’s War. The Indie View gave it five stars: “This is high historical drama handled wonderfully…a tale that will fully engage you on every level.”

"My Father’s Kingdom" is a planned trilogy, and book two, "The Prophet and the Witch," was published in September 2017. This is an epic novel that spans the entire conflict of King Philip’s War, and includes such notable historical figures as Josiah Winslo

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Writing a novel on this topic was a relatively sudden thing. After reaching a point in…more
Thank you for the question, and I'm happy you enjoyed the novel.

Writing a novel on this topic was a relatively sudden thing. After reaching a point in life when I realized I finally had the time to write a novel, I wanted to write some historical fiction because I'm such a fan of the genre. When it was time to choose a topic, I wanted to stay off the beaten path (Vikings, Tudors, WWII, etc.) and try to find a subject the casual reader wasn't familiar with.

I'm certainly not the only author to delve into this topic and era, but the more I studied it, the more surprised I became that it's not a more prominent topic in our culture. The tale of Wamsutta's demise is a real-life American murder-mystery. The torments, sacrifices, and flaws of historical characters like Metacomet, Benjamin Church, Mary Rowlandson, Josiah Winslow, and Increase Mather make for a compelling tale, indeed.

It was not originally planned as a trilogy, but when I started writing I realized there were just too many characters and too many fascinating events to be confined to one novel. Book three will move ahead to King William's War, another remarkable yet obscure conflict in Colonial American history.(less)
James W. George One of my favorite literary genres is historical fiction. When I set out to write a work of historical fiction, I wanted to choose an interesting…more One of my favorite literary genres is historical fiction. When I set out to write a work of historical fiction, I wanted to choose an interesting topic which the casual reader was not familiar with.

King Philip's War was a violent clash that pitted the Puritan New England colonists against the Native American nations of the region, primarily the Wampanoag. When evaluated relative to the local populations, it was one of, if not THE deadliest conflicts in American history. It was especially tragic because the adversaries were the children and grandchildren of the same people who together celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

The war broke out in 1675. What is truly captivating about it is the intrigue leading up to it, including two highly suspicious deaths, and the clash of cultures. I find the New England Puritans, including the Separatist Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony, to be some of the most fascinating people in human history. Their piety, courage, strength, and compassion were phenomenal, and the Calvinist doctrine of predestination which guided their thoughts and deeds was, in my opinion, practically astounding.

Readers of the book will find a historically accurate portrayal of important figures like Reverend John Eliot, Reverend Increase Mather, and Deputy Governor John Easton as well as their Wampanoag counterparts Metacomet, Wamsutta, and John Sassamon.

I would love to see more authors turn their attention to this era of history, because I think Puritan New England is woefully under-served by current authors of historical fiction.(less)
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