More About the Author
I am author Gloria Waldron Hukle, resident of the Capitol District area of upstate New York on the fringe of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. I reside here with my husband and two sister dogs, Bertha and Louise. I have written three novels known internationally as the "Waldron Series Books" and I delight in bringing the people of early American history back to life with a mix of fact and fiction. Many of the characters living in my novels, "Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple", "Threads - An American Tapestry", and "The Diary of a Northern Moon", are factual- the unsung heros I discovered through years of research. They are some of the many forgotten people who made the USA the country it is and upon whose example we follow in making it better today. My life as a novelist was birthed by my passion for New York history and a personal genealogy as an llth generation Waldron. "Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple" follows the life of Resolved Waldron, his family and neighbors such as Augustine Herrman and Peter Stuyvesant living in mid-l600s Manhattan. This story is about a man who struggles to make a new life for his young family amid a diversity like no other on earth, i.e., New Amsterdam that later became New York City. "Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple", the story of early l600s Dutch New York, is now available for the Kindle, iPad, Blackberry, pc etc. My second novel "The Diary of a Northern Moon", published in both hard and softcover, recently went live in the Kindle Store. This is a more contemporary novel that takes place in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with strong ties to "Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple". In l976, a popular bar in Lake George, New York, is the scene for a man's murder. The news reports the gruesome killing as a crime of passion which inadvertently resurrects a decades old question. Who was Ben Waldron? The story tells of two men who are good friends, veterns of World War II. One is able to come past the trama of the war, marries and does well, while the other can't come to terms with the life he finds after the war. He dies young leaving behind a widow and young daughter. The survivor, now an innkeeper, keeps a secret about his dead friend that haunts him for decades until a young woman's digging and the murder in Lake George forces out the truth. This 20th century story is set in Albany, North Creek and Lake George, with ties to the New York City of the old Dutch, answering questions left open in "Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple".
My third novel, "Threads - An American Tapestry", follows "Manhattan: Seeds of the Big Apple" chronologically, opening in the year l722 along the Hudson River north of New York City. "Threads - An American Tapestry" is the poignant story of Margaret Vandenberg, an affluent provincial New York woman of mixed blood who struggles as a slave owner to understand the Christain faith she dearly embraces, yet one that seemingly allows Christian owners to justify the harsh, cruel laws of slavery in her time. Without a doubt it is the people of New York then and now who provided not only inspiration for three books, but forged the history of America as we know it today.