Queen of the Northern Mines

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About the author:
Richard Hurley was born in Upstate New York and lived there until he was 9. His family moved to Europe, where he attended Italian schools and a British school in Switzerland. After high school in California, he went to Harvard, where he fell under the dark influence of the Harvard Lampoon. He has written professionally for magazines, newspapers, and consulting clients.

He worked for three years as History Preparator for the Oakland Museum of California, restoring artifacts and designing exhibits. He returned to school for an M.Arch degree from UC Berkeley, then fled the Bay Area for the Sierra Foothills and a career in computer-based multimedia. He has produced corporate training, educational, and promotional CDs and DVDs, as well as 3D animations.

He has been an avid history buff ever since the age of ten, when he descended into a newly-opened Etruscan tomb structure. He is also interested in languages and served as Winlandes Scirgerefa ("Sheriff of Vinland") for an Old English study group. He is still awaiting his first invitation to recite "Cædmon's Hymn" (the oldest surviving English poem) in early West Saxon.

Favorite historical fiction authors: Robert Graves (I, Claudius) and Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin series).

TJ Meekins grew up roaming the back roads and ghost towns of the Northern Mines, panning for gold and digging up bottles from Gold Rush dumps. She learned California history from petroglyphs, tumbledown cabins, and rusty Pelton wheels, and grew up on stories of the Donner Party, Joaquin Murrieta, and Lola Montez.

She studied at UC Berkeley, then returned home to Nevada City to work for the Tahoe National Forest. She wrote, produced, and hosted two long-running shows on KVMR, exploring the roots of American Folk and Country music.

TJ is currently learning Mountain Maidu from one of its last native speakers. She co-writes skits in Maidu that have been performed (with running English translation) at the Indigenous Peoples Day and Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California.

Favorite themes in fiction: TJ's parents' lifetime devotion to all things Gold Rush and cowboy meant she was "dunked like a donut" in the lore of the American West. She loves first-hand narratives, songs and legends, old maps and illustrations. She is also a fan of short stories, especially Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

Queen of the Northern Mines

A Novel of the Civil War in California

Authored by Richard Alan Hurley, T J Meekins

At Missouri House, a stagecoach stop in the goldfields of the Sierra Nevada, Ida Hatfield and her mother Molly are surrounded by danger as Yankees, Rebels, and outlaws vie to possess the glittering treasure of the Northern Mines.

In nearby Nevada City, Will Stafford, a young Virginian attorney, finds California becoming as dear to his heart as his Southern homeland. As the War of Rebellion rages on, his loves and loyalties are put to the ultimate test.

Nevada City, the Queen of the Northern Mines, was a vibrant community in the 1860's. The story's characters, real and fictional, come from all over the globe. In addition to the central theme of warring Americans, the book tells of Ah Tie, a Chinese mine owner who is denied justice for his two murdered guards; of Peter Kessel, an Austrian musician and absconded revolutionary, who finds an improbable bride in the American wilderness; and of Nutim, a Maidu orphan, who plots revenge against the white “ghost people” who are destroying his tribe.

Publication Date:
0983179808 / 9780983179801
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Historical / General

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