But never in all my years have I been presented with a concept and been forced to come up with a story based on a theme.
Sir John Johnson, American traitor,
Canadian founding father
For my story, I chose Quebec Province, a place I’d visited a few times in my youth on family vacations, and twice since while an undergraduate in college…well over 45 years ago. I had no idea what I’d gotten myself into. From that moment, I found myself scrambling. What did I know about Canadian history? (My answer, in retrospect, was “close to zilch.”)
|Loyalist Refugee settlement|
on the Richelieu River
Our story is about a courageous young woman and her family, who make a perilous trek through the wilds of the colonial frontier, suffering loss and privation en route to the British stronghold on the outskirts of Montreal, and eventually being reunited with the man she loves. The story is both timeless and timely.
|Map of Loyalist refugee camps|
|Fort Chambly, site of Loyalist refugee camp|