They were protectors of a Nation – guerrilla fighters serving their country. They were husbands and fathers who built homes in lush valleys for their families.
They were – the same men.
In 1775 perspective came with the color of your skin.
An orphan boy, Totsuhwa, is taken under the wing of legendary Cherokee war chief Tsi’yugunsini, the Dragon. But even under a dragon’s wing isn’t safe when a covetous nation forms around them.
Amid the battles, Totsuhwa fights the reoccurring pain of loss until he meets Galegi, who becomes his wife. Trying to raise their son in a peace the new world won’t allow, they teach him the strictest Cherokee traditions while white assimilation, encroachment, and treachery grows. General Andrew Jackson wages war against tribes across the southeast and the toll is high. With his people gradually losing everything, Totsuhwa must find a way to save his family — and the Cherokee nation — before all is lost.
Cherokee Talisman recreates the neglected history that existed when one nation was born and another almost died.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
With a Historical Fiction piece, I research, research & research the period or event, then drop those wonderful characters into the scene and step back. I merely eavesdrop and write their dialogue with one another and their decisions and reaction to the inevitable conflicts that arise.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write write write. Even if it is not good or accurate or lacks continuity. To write is to exercise. The 1st time you were in the gym, you didn’t lift a lot of weight or run a marathon – you had get in shape. Any writing is exercising to get in shape for that new story that is about to come to you.
David-Michael Harding is a life-long writer whose last novel, How Angels Die, received critical acclaim. A former semi-professional football player, his writing is hard hitting and passionate. He holds a master’s degree in education and is an adjunct professor of writing. His respect and admiration of Native American culture inspired this novel. Most of his days are spent writing from the cockpit of his sailboat, Pegasus, somewhere off the Nature Coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
History. It is so much more than a few lines of paragraphs in a 10th grade History lesson. I enjoy the research and the creation of passionate, captivating character my readers can relate to. Contemporary work, or even the historical seed of a story, are often the result of dreams.