Timothy Beadle’s father indentures him to a ship’s captain and he soon is in Mid-Atlantic on his way to the far north-western shores of The New World. Padding the deck and climbing the rigging is exhilarating to the young English farm boy. The captain is a fair, God-fearing man who ensures Timothy also learns reading, writing and arithmetic. Strange islands and naked savages fill Timothy with curiosity and wonder.
Fate has more changes in store for Timothy. As the ships sails home with holds full of rich furs, a cyclone hits and Timothy ends up on the shores of Spanish California. Rescued by a young Indian boy, Jaime, and treated by the village medicine woman, Timothy is taken before grey robed priests, who offer him sanctuary when a local official tries to imprison him as a pirate.
Jaime had dreamed of Timothy’s arrival months before. Both sense the blood bond that ties them together and they unite in an effort, led by Father Junipero Serra, to expand the catholic faith and Spain’s control of the Californias.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Treat it like a job – and don’t give up. The more you write, the better you become.
Dale grew up in Southern California aware of the deep Spanish influence. After his twenty plus years serving in the U.S. Army, he relocated to Las Vegas where he worked at a variety of jobs including selling auto parts in a self-service junkyard, driving the city bus, giving guided tours, being a cab driver and spending ten years as a professional gambler. Now ‘retired’, he spends most of his time researching and writing. Dale has been married for more than twenty years to Alejandrina whom he met in Mexico and has helped him master Spanish. Dale has visited all the sites mentioned in the ‘The Sailor and Carpenter’ as well as all twenty-one missions in California.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My love of the California missions and the erroneous history taught about them.
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