My first novel, Banjo Flats, concerns a young woman orphaned at the age of thirteen. The year is 1873. Abandoned on the streets of Cheyenne, Wyoming, she masquerades as a boy to survive. Her mother taught her to read and write. Her father taught her how to handle guns. She’s got streets smarts and is a crack shot which lands her in a heap of trouble after killing a notorious gunfighter the day she arrives in Banjo Flats, the most lawless town in the Dakota Territory. It’s a time when frontier justice is wielded with a gun. Every shootist in the Territory is headed for Banjo Flats thinking they can earn some easy money by killing the girl gunslinger. They’re wrong.
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And, here is a sound recording of me reading the opening chapter.
Here’s an article from The Chronicle Herald on Banjo Flats, shortly after it’s release.
Banjo Flats is also available in Chapters/Indigo stores across Nova Scotia. Locally (in Cape Breton) you can find copies at The Herring Choker Deli and The Red Barn Gift Shop in Nyanza, Victoria County Creates in Baddeck, and the Curiosity Shop, in Sydney.
Here’s a photo of a display I built, based on Banjo Flats, for the Lumière Arts Festival 2017 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
And a composite shot of our book launch in Baddeck at our local Library. I set up the Banjo Flats display again just for fun.
My lovely friend Laverne, bottom right, checks on my blood pressure. Lots of excitement on this night.
Here’s a shot from earlier in the evening when I read for my guests. We had a packed house. Thanks everyone for making this such an amazing evening. It was my birthday 🙂