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Research for FEARFUL PASSAGE NORTH required extensive reading of numerous records and texts about the area and era of the raid as well as communication with many helpful researchers concerning their own work and theories. It also required multiple visits to Deerfield, western Massachusetts and Montreal as well as the 300 miles between them.



Research for THE CORRIDOR required a great deal of wandering through Detroit's inner city, particularly the infamous Cass Corridor, an area filled with grand old homes in varying states of elegance and despair.


This place was the inspiration for the Tower Light Mission in THE CORRIDOR

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

The Burton Collection of the Detroit Public Library is a wonderful source of Detroit history from 1701. It is also worth visiting just for its architecture.
In THE CORRIDOR, there is a heart-stopping chase through the library.
Below are two items from the collection.


Woodward's plan of new Detroit 1805

Old Sainte-Anne, Detroit, 1821

The Archives of Quebec (mostly in Montreal) are a wonderful resource. Some years ago I spent a day with a pleasant archivist (who loves Americans who speak French) at the Archives of France in Paris. Frustrated not finding an item from France, she told me, "You know where you can find this? In the Archives of Quebec!"


Susan on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City

Old Citadel of Quebec from the Archives of Quebec

Research and other fun

1634 - Return to the New World


Samuel Champlain's life's work is in shambles. His population has dwindled to a few hardy souls and he is about to be raided by English Privateers and sent back to France. However, the tireless Champlain revives his hopes by gathering a hardy group of five families from Mortagne, a small rural town in the Perche region of northeast France, betting against all odds that he can finally build a society in the rugged frontier of Canada.

Mortagne-au-Perche today

Fearful Passage North


Deerfield Meadow
FEARFUL PASSAGE NORTH begins with the arrival of Lizzie Price and her family at Deerfield, Massachusetts, the last outpost in the New England frontier. Historic Deerfield today retains much of the ambiance. Here is the north meadow little changed today from where Lizzie brought here cows to graze and made new friends. The Deerfield River still runs through the shadow of the woods at the end and left of the meadow.

When asked if he had completed the final script in the famous FANNY TRILOGY, Marcel Pagnol replied, "It's finished, all I have left to do is write it."
I feel this way about research and have added some photos and tidbits collected while researching. For those of you who have read some or all of the books, or even if you haven't, I thought you might enjoy this.

If you do enjoy it and would like to see more, leave a comment in the Guest Book. I have a great deal more.

THE ALLARDS BOOK ONE: THE NEW WORLD


Saint Maclou Church, Rouen, France
In 1431, following the burning of Jeanne d'Arc, Pierre Allard finds a medallion on the ground in front of Saint Maclou before heading east to seek his fortune. Chapter 2.

Blacqueville Cemetery
Cemetery of St. Martin de Blacqueville, Normandy, France. Parents and siblings of Francois Allard are buried here.

Etretat
The cliffs of Etretat, Normandy, France. The last thing Francois sees as he leaves France forever. Chapter 6.

Artannes sur Indre
Church and Abbey at Artannes sur Indre where Francois' future wife, Jeanne Anguille, lived and worked before embarking for Quebec. Part Two, Chapter 1-2

Charlesbourg, Quebec
Cemetery of Saint-Charles de Brommee where Francois, Jeanne and many more early characters are buried.

Selected Works

Historical Fiction Novel
Gravely wounded at the end of 1634-Return to the New World, Françoise Langlois must fight for her life while the fledgling French colony of Québec must fight for its as the Indian nations enlarge their wars with each other along their new European neighbors. Follow Françoise along with her French-Canadian compatriots as they struggle against all odds to retain and grow their place in the New World.
Historical fiction novel.
An enigmatic young woman emerges from a life of bad circumstances and worse luck, finding herself with a small group of French families traveling to the New world where they will prosper as the early prominent families of Canada.
Historical fiction
1704, the Puritan Massachusetts frontier: The small village of newly wed Elizabeth Price is raided by Indians. She is taken along with 100 of her neighbors and marched through the brutal snows of winter to Montreal where she must begin a new life.
Fiction, Medical intrigue
Convinced they are receiving the finest of care, seniors are being trapped in an inescapable maze while Medicare is being bilked for billions.
Greed and lust breed outrageous healthcare fraud in the rich suburbs of The Motor City.
Thriller
Fast-paced thriller of outrageous healthcare fraud set in Detroit's inner city.
HISTORICAL FICTION
A young man leaves his home in France for the unknown wilderness of Quebec.
Historical Fiction
Jean-Baptiste Allard follows Antoine Cadillac to the frontiers of New France.
The Allard family battles in vain to save Quebec from the British.
Young Jacques Allard leaves Quebec forever to follow the wilderness ultimately making his family home in the outpost of Detroit.
Jacques Allard and his son follow Lewis and Clark to the sea, returning to find Detroit in ashes.
Young widow, Therese Allard, finds romance and adventure while helping to build Detroit's famous Underground Railroad.
Detroit's young men march off to join the Civil War, returning to began the Industrial Revolution
Detroit during Prohibition, the Great Depression and two World Wars becomes the Motor City.

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