UPDATE: My new book The Vengeance of Mothers is available now. Click here to learn more.
My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother’s vengeance…
So begins the Journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the U.S. government’s “Brides for Indians” program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Woman to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses.
I hope that as many readers as possible who choose to buy the book, will do so from their independent booksellers.
Thank you for visiting my website, both the English edition and the French version for my loyal readers in all francophone lands.
As usual, I have been quite remiss in updating my website and blog. To the many readers and book clubs around the country who continue to so generously support my first novel, ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN , I am pleased to announce that the second volume of the ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN trilogy, entitled THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS was published in America by St. Martin’s Press on September 12, 2017. On August 1, 2017, St. Martin’s also released the 20th anniversary paperback edition of OTWW, which has now sold over a million copies in America… a number that seems to the author to be an astonishing, even incomprehensible milestone.
And please don’t forget my little self-published orphan novel, THE MEMORY OF LOVE , that will never sell anywhere close to a million copies, and, indeed, has never even found a home with an American publishing house, although it was published quite successfully in France (under the title, CHRYSIS). It is true that this a very different kind of novel than ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN, THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS or THE WILD GIRL, both in style and subject matter. For instance, there is only one Native American character in the novel, and he happens to be a gay, Sioux artist living in 1920s Paris, which is maybe not what American publishers were looking for from me. But I believe that writers should be allowed to stray from the path of their careers, and do something different now and again. Set mostly in France during and after WW I, THE MEMORY OF LOVE tells the tale of a passionate love affair between a young American cowboy from Colorado, who enlists in the French Foreign Legion to fight against the Germans, and a young French painter named Chrysis Jungbluth. Based on actual historical figures, much of the story takes place in Paris in the 1920s — Les Années Folles , “The Crazy Years.” THE MEMORY OF LOVE is a very personal novel to me, close to my heart, as revealed in the Foreword. I think it’s a good book, and I’m proud of it. Both the paperback and Kindle editions are available on amazon.com and at your local bookseller.
Included as background on this website, you will see the stunning landscape photographs taken by my friend and collaborator, Stephen Collector. Over a period of 20 years before I started writing fiction full-time, Steve and I worked together on numerous freelance assignments for a variety of national and regional magazines. Many of the images from those pieces are here included. Because a number of visitors to the site have asked me how they could see the photographs unimpeded by the copy that blocks a part of them, we have added a photo gallery. Much of the countryside represented in these photos, Steve and I have visited together over the years, either on assignment or for personal reasons. We share an abiding love of the western American landscape, and in his beautiful work Steve has captured it in all its splendor. I must also give credit where credit is due to another photographer friend, Tim Crawford, who accompanied me on a magazine assignment in eastern Washington State some years ago. Tim took the beautiful photograph of the vast canyon country there, in which I’m dressed in orange (a state law in Washington) and am followed along the rim by my two bird dogs, Sweetzer the lab, and Henri the French Brittany. This photo, also included in the gallery, was used on the cover of the French edition of A SPORTING ROAD (MON AMERIQUE). To visit the photo gallery, please click here.
I hope you enjoy navigating this website, and that you find here books that engage your interest. Please post your comments, positive or negative, on my blog. I enjoy hearing from readers and, once again, I will try to be more attentive about responding and updating.