The Gunner's Daughter is a historical satire blending romance and swashbuckling adventure. Set in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, this pre-revolutionary tale of ignorance and reason is shrewdly influenced by an enclave of well-educated African slaves who set the standard for high continental style, culture, and dynasty. It is not an expose of graphic blood and gore, but of the emotional torture people put themselves through to maintain their status and social position in society. While fictional, the work remains true to the narrative of the period.
The novella has garnered a consistent buzz on the net. Even the screenplay version received a favorable review by Gordy Hoffman.
"The writing in this story was really strong," Hoffman noted. "The dialogue was excellent - true to the period, unique for each character and intelligent." "On the whole this was a very well-written story with some good characters and strong scenes."
Even with the promise of success at hand, the author refuses to lose sight of what is really important.
"It's the chemistry between well-defined characters that paints a compelling narrative. If you don't care about the people, you won't care about their story." "I believe my novella achieves this and I urge readers to get a copy."
About the Author
A lifelong resident of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Master of Arts Degree
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA.
Major: Professional Writing (Fiction / Screenplays)
I've been banging my head against the wall for the past twenty years trying to build a career as a screenplay writer. All the heavy hitters these days have their own production companies staffed by in-house writers. It's a tough market to break into without good contacts, especially if you're on the wrong coast. So I thought I'd try my hand at writing a novella. Usually, a writer starts off with a book, then options it as a screenplay.
I did it backwards. My work came from an unsold screenplay converted to a novella. It requires a different toolkit, but if you think about it as an outline all you need to do is fill in the details. It's a historical satire, but I still wanted it to be historically accurate.