Q4 - What would be your recommended Genealogy resources for anyone considering using genealogy to validate their writing, and what in your opinion does each of those resources offer the writer?
What a hard question. There is something of the wanderer in the family genes and they were everywhere. Therefore, many choices dance in my imagination. My father’s mother descends from ‘Border Reivers’ in south-western Scotland. One even participated, with Robert Bruce, in the murder of ‘Red’ Comyn earning the family crest. There are the vaguest of hints that this family come from Irish raiders in Dal Riada that may have allied with British kings to resist the Picts in the 6th Century, roughly in the Arthurian era. I have an ancestor that fought the British during the War of 1812. Another that volunteered for Confederate service fighting in the Western Theatre of Operations. After the war, he may have served as a security guard for mining operations not far from Tombstone, Arizona. He did herd sheep in far west Texas though it is unknown if he had trouble from the cattlemen of the area. A great-great cousin use to ride on the finest of steeds and dripping with rifles and pistols into my grandmother’s house to ‘hole up’. The family was sure he ran with the Dalton gang of bank robbers. Pick one. I can’t decide myself but each of the times fascinates me and I would visit any of them.
Q6. Would you like to tell readers what they should be on the lookout for in terms of books to come from Steven D Malone, Author? Are there any significant W.I.P. or future projects that are in the pipeline?
I am a writer of tomes. It is my curse. My WIP’s take too long but I’m working. One is a kind of sequel to ‘Sideshow at Honey Creek’ that deals with the fate of unreconstructed Rebels and the efforts to get to Brazil after the Civil War. Another is Historical Fantasy Fiction that deals with the last days of pagan Britain as the pagans resist the onslaught of Saxon Christians. My most recent focus is developing a fantasy about a luckless Lothario cutting a way too Romantic figure in the early 1970’s or late 1960’s.