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About J. A. Snow
Award winning author J.A.Snow has experimented throughout her lifetime with different genres; in everything from mainstream and mysteries to poetry and the supernatural.
But, she has finally found her "niche" as she puts it.
After over forty years of intense genealogical research,compiling hundreds of years of history on her own family tree, she recently embarked on an incredible journey; writing a set of novels based entirely on her own ancestors.
Her first series, An American Family, follows her paternal line all the way from medieval, rural England, taking readers through the bloody streets of London during Tudor times and sailing on to Plymouth, Massachusetts with the original Pilgrims. In America, the family survives several wars,devastating epidemics and, finally, migrates westward from their home on colonial Cape Cod to find their destiny in the Great Plains through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl of 1934.
Her second series, The Viking Sagas, took off with a fiery start with A Dynasty of Giants. Readers are transported back to ancient Finland where another branch of her family tree emerged. The second book, The Sea Kings, details the founding of Norway and the conquest of Orkney. She describes this series as "history meeting Norse Mythology", for there will be an element of Scandinavian folklore and fantasy firmly implanted in between the pages of the family stories. The next book,
the Pagan Princes, focuses on her 37th great grandfather Rollo, the Viking who ventures to France to plunder Paris and ends up signing a pact with the king to become the first Duke of Normandy.
2020 began as an exciting year for the author until the COVID pandemic hit and plans needed to be changed. The five books of An American Family and the Viking Sagas were released on Audible and iTunes in the summer. J.A. had plans made to travel to Plymouth, Massachusetts in May to take part in the 400 Year Anniversary of the Mayflower landing (her 11th great grandmother and main character in her book Pilgrim Girl was on that ship) but the trip (and the celebrations) had to be rescheduled for a future date.
But the work goes on! She released a brand new stand-alone novel called Fences in May of 2020 about the American Civil War, in which her great great grandfathers fought against each other and the two families came together in an unexpected but profound way. It is a book written from all perspectives and promises to challenge Pilgrim Girl as her best-selling novel.
J.A. says there are times, when she is "in between" books, that a story idea comes to her and she will crank out a short story or novella on a whim. Such was "The Caregivers" she recently released while she was writing An American Family, inspired by the very real personal life experience of losing a loved one.
You just never know what this eclectic writer will do next!
While all of her work is offered in Kindle format, the historical books are offered in both Kindle and soft cover and are becoming available on Audible and iTunes. All her full-length novels are also available in all San Diego County public libraries.
J.A. Snow has author pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads on which she
answers questions and keeps readers informed of new releases and progress
on current projects. She also has a YouTube collection of all her book videos.
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Currently in the early stages is a new book, SPIRIT IN THE STONES, which centers around another branch of her ancestors and their connection to the famous Urquhart Castle in the highlands of Scotland. With over sixty generations of family tree to work with, the stories never end.
Welcome to the written world of J.A Snow!!
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One such woman was Constance Hopkins, my eleventh generation great grandmother,who came to America in 1620 on the ship Mayflower. Many books have been written, mostly about her childhood, growing up in the little town of Plymouth, Massachusetts that don't describe her as having particularly extraordinary intelligence or of possessing breathtaking beauty, but when Nick Snow first set eyes on her it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair that spanned over fifty years, produced twelve children, endured many hardships and suffered countless heartbreaks. Yet they survived and Plymouth thrived, largely in part to their iron will and determination.
She was a remarkable woman, my grandmother, and I wanted to write the story of Constance as a wife, as a mother and grandmother and as a driving force in the building of this country of ours.
Not since the Orkneyinga Saga and Heimskringla has the tale of the settlement of Norway and the Orkneys been told in such vivid detail! You will cross the Kjolens with Nor and sail the Kattegat with Gor. You will battle with Halfdan the Black and his half-brother Olaf Gudrodsson. You will conquer Norway with Harald Fairhair and Rognvald the Wise. It is the author's own family genealogy with the history of Norway and a little Norse mythology sprinkled in.
Even sailing to America, being embroiled in war did not escape them; King Philips War and the the battles with the French were only precursors to the big war to come.
And, here he was, Private Eddie Snow, marching off to Yorktown with his comrades in blue, leaving his heart behind in Eastham and drawing upon all his inner strength to wash the blood from his hands and pick up his rifle once again.
Back home, in Eastham, Eddie's Wampanoag cousins are experiencing a war of their own. The peaceful tribe is being driven from their homes, herded like cattle and forced to adopt ways that are not their own.
It is a dark time in their history as well. In the series finale of An American Family, follow the Snows into what the Wampanoag call the Land beyond the Great River.
You;ll be introduced to Jake and Trudy at the core; solid and dependable farmers whose love for God and each other was as impenetrable as a rock. And there was Eileen, a quiet widow who buried her horse and her husband and went on to find happiness in the twilight of her life.. Of course there was Johnny, the lonely rodeo cowboy with his rough edges and his penchant for Jack Daniels whiskey contrasted by the Mikotos who overcame the horrors of an internment camp and raised a fine son. There was spoiled Billy Pratt and his over-indulgent parents. And there was the Conner family; evil, sadistic Buster and his battered wife Mary, and little Jenny whose life see-sawed in and out of everyone's lives until she finds true love.