Illuminating History’s Shadows Through Fiction

Illuminating History’s Shadows Through Fiction

‘A richly textured portrait of a heartbreaking era in American history. It’s a story that needed to be told.’

Jodi Daynard – Author of The Midwife’s Revolt

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American Writing Awards – Finalist, Historical Fiction

Feathered Quill Awards – Finalist, Historical Fiction

Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBA) – Finalist, Laramie Award for Americana Fiction.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards – Finalist, Da Vinci Eye Award.

  • Haunting and eminently readable, moving and infuriating, Red Clay, Running Waters is an epic tale of love, justice, and betrayal, and is a vivid portrayal of an episode of American history too many would prefer to be forgotten.

    — Susan Higgenbotham - Author of John Brown’s Women

  • The true-life saga of the Ridge family--the most dramatic, tragic, as yet untold story of America's conflict with first nation's people--is the stuff of legend.

    — David Marion Wilkerson – Author of Oblivions Altar

  • A fabulous piece of work, done with intelligence, pathos, sensitivity, insight and precision.

    — Greg Fields – Author of Through the Waters and the Wild

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Leslie K. Simmons

Like many people, Leslie grew up believing History was like Disneyland – a magical, beautifully decorated destination populated by people in costume. Even after the real world dispelled that myth, her desire for connection to the past continued to drive her to look behind the scenes. Fascinated by the outliers and their lesser known (but nonetheless incredible) stories, Leslie uses the power of Historical Fiction to examine how the past we didn’t live shapes the lives we live today.

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