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Set shortly after the conclusion of the civil war, this novella recounts the story of an isolated family under attack.
Set shortly after the conclusion of the civil war, this novella recounts the story of an isolated family under attack.
Set shortly after the conclusion of the civil war, this novella recounts the story of an isolated family under attack.
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The Siege of Abigail Beson: Cover Art by Emily Krueger
The Siege of Abigail Beson: Cover Art by Emily Krueger

Background

The Siege of Abigail Beson tells the story of an isolated family beset by unknown assailants. The family is forced to fight or flee, all the while trying to uncover the reason behind the attack...

On a sweltering summer night I woke up at two in the morning with this story on my mind. Enthralled, I hastily made note of its premise before falling back to sleep.

Nearly three years later, I've finally finished the story. While the bones remain unchanged since that summer night, the depth and breadth of the characters has grown dramatically.

The Siege of Abigail Beson is set in the summer of 1865, shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War. Abigail Beson's older brothers have yet to return home from war. When armed men set upon her house in search of gold, it's up to Abby and her family to fight back.

By contributing to this project, you'll be funding professional editing and publishing of this book.

Excerpt

Another booming crash jarred Abby from sleep. Calmer this time, Abby rolled away from the window, hoping to hide her eyes from the intense brightness of the lightning.

Another explosive rumble. Something didn’t feel right. Abby turned back toward the window, her mind racing to figure out what new prank her brother had contrived.

There was no lightning. Why was there no lightning? Abby got up and walked to her window. The fog of sleep was clearing from her mind, so the next explosion finally registered as the firing of a gun.

Confused, she peered out the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of the source. The rain had stopped, but the cloud cover continued to hinder any illumination from the moon.

Why would there be gunfire? Abby asked herself silently. Lee signed the surrender when the Union was just miles from our door. At least, that’s what the last letter from Benjamin had said. That letter was two months ago. They hadn’t received any letters since. The post had been spotty throughout the war, and after the surrender it had stopped entirely. Had the war started again? She’d heard rumors of bandits and raiders exploiting the chaos of the war to wreak havoc in the west, but here? Just a few days ride from Richmond?

How I Write

My writing style is organic; I write as ideas come to me. Sometimes I find it easier to close my eyes and record myself telling the story as I see it. I'm constantly on the lookout for inspiration, taking notes at all hours of the day and night whenever an idea occurs to me. 

Format

"The Siege of Abigail Beson" is about 10,000 words long, making it a novella as opposed to a full fledged novel. In addition to the story text, the printed and digital versions will include two maps documenting the Besons' home and the surrounding area.

Acknowledge

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my brother Graham and my great aunt Jeanne, both of whom were hugely helpful in the development and refinement of this story. An equally large thanks goes to my wife Rosalyn for her unceasing encouragement. 

Risks and challenges

This story is written and largely edited. This KickStarter is to fund professional editing and the cost of printing.

I expect the editing process to take approximately one month, with an additional month to print and ship hard copies.

Concerned backers can contact me directly for access to a complete draft.

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