Tuesday, August 6, 2013
WOLF CREEK TUESDAY BY CHERYL PIERSON
Troy's out of town today so I'm putting up a post about my characters, Derrick McCain and Carson Ridge, and borrowing a bit of Troy's description of them both.
In case this is your first look at the world of Wolf Creek, here's a bit of what Troy has to say about it.
"Wolf Creek is probably the most unique Western series ever produced. It is published by Western Fictioneers and written by Ford Fargo- who is actually about twenty different Western authors. Each one has created a unique character, and in each installment six authors collaborate to tell a story from the points of view of their particular creations.
It may sound complicated. but the result is anything but: each volume holds together remarkably well, and the series has been creating quite a bit of buzz.
I am the series editor, and one of my two characters appears in each book to help tie things together. Other than me we have a wonderful mix of genre veterans and best selling authors and up-and-coming newer writers who are making their mark."---TROY D. SMITH
GIVEAWAY: Before we go any further, I want to talk about the giveaway today! I'm going to be giving away a trade paperback copy of Bloody Trail to one of our visitors. ANYONE WHO LEAVES A COMMENT ON THIS OR ANY OF THE OTHER WOLF CREEK TUESDAY ARCHIVED BLOGS along with a contact email address will be eligible to win (you can also send said addy to me, at email@example.com if you prefer it not be public- but you still have to leave a comment!)
That said, let's take a look at my character, Derrick McCain, farmer, as Troy describes him.
Derrick is 18 when the War Between the States begins. His two older brothers leave immediately, refusing to take him with them. A few days after they leave, Derrick strikes out on his own, determined to make his own way. He joins up with the regular Confederate Army, with the hope that one day he will return to Wolf Creek and marry his sweetheart, Jolene. Things don't work out as he'd thought. His brothers are killed at Shiloh, and not long after, he receives word that his father, Andrew, has been murdered for his outspoken politics by a band of Jayhawkers. At this news, Derrick deserts to join up with Jim Danby's guerrilla band, who ride with Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson, to seek revenge on the Jayhawkers who murdered his father.
The day comes when Danby intends to do something so heinous that Derrick rebels, refusing to obey direct orders from the gang leader. Derrick tells him that he will not torture and murder their captives, a small band of black Union soldiers who were sent to attack Bloody Bill Anderson during the Centralia Massacre. Danby has Derrick beaten and left for dead, giving orders for the others in his band to shoot the Union soldiers. But one of the black men, Charley Blackfeather, manages to get away, never knowing that Derrick stood up for them.
Derrick is found by a farmer who lives nearby and taken to the man's house, where he's cared for. The end of the war comes as Derrick heals enough to ride once more. He returns to Wolf Creek, not sure of his place in the world--Jolene has married a Yankee, and he finds himself the only male survivor of the McCain family. He steps into the unwanted role of settling into the life of a farmer, his younger sister less than welcoming since she has married due to necessity because of his absence. Derrick's world is turned upside down a few years down the road when the Danby gang comes to pay the citizens of Wolf Creek a call. Derrick is sure of only one thing this time around: in order to make peace with himself, he has to ride with the posse to avenge what Danby's gang has done to his town. He swears to kill or be killed, on the BLOODY TRAIL.
And a little about one of my supporting characters, CARSON RIDGE, from Troy:
CARSON RIDGE: A full-blood Cherokee and Derrick McCain's childhood best friend. Raised in the eastern part of Indian Territory in the Cherokee Nation, he's well-educated having attended the Indian school where Derrick's father was headmaster for several years. When Derrick's family moves to Wolf Creek, Kansas, Carson hopes that once Derrick learns the reason for the move, he will someday return to Indian Territory and the heritage that belongs to him. Carson's past is something he doesn't talk about much. He has become a Lighthorse officer for the Cherokee Nation. As the years pass, he believes he will never see his friend again...until fate brings them together under the most unlikely circumstance.
The focus of Wolf Creek Book 5: SHOWDOWN AT DEMON'S DROP centers on Derrick when he must go after some renegades who have kidnapped his sister, Kathleen.
And he turns up again in Wolf Creek Book 6: HELL ON THE PRAIRIE, which is a collection of short stories about some of the characters in the Wolf Creek series. I enjoyed working on this short story about Derrick because it lets the reader see into his personality more deeply--and there are certainly some twists and turns that are headed his way!
And here is some background on me:
I was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and hold a B.A. in English. I have taught numerous writing classes and workshops over the past years and also work on an individual basis with many of my students, and other authors, locally and nationwide.
My most recent publications include my YA historical western, "KANE'S CHANCE" with WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER publishing. Another recent publication in the western historical romance genre is the June release, "GABRIEL'S LAW". The three WOLF CREEK publications mentioned above have come about over the past year, and have all spent time on Amazon's "TOP 100 HOT NEW WESTERN RELEASES" list for Kindle in the past month! Switching from the historical genre to contemporary romantic suspense, my third novel, "SWEET DANGER" was released through THE WILD ROSE PRESS in 2010 and reissued with Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery this past year. "TEMPTATION'S TOUCH", also a contemporary romantic suspense, came out last year through THE WILD ROSE PRESS.
I live with my husband in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where we've been for the past 27 years. I have two grown children, ages 23 and 26, and my "granddog", Embry, (who lives with us.)
TO SEE ALL OF MY WORK, PLEASE GO TO MY AUTHOR PAGE HERE:
Posted by Cheryl Pierson at 12:30 AM
Labels: Cheryl Pierson, Derrick McCain, Troy D. Smith, Western Trail Blazer, Wolf Creek: Book 1 Bloody Trail, Wolf Creek: Book 5 Showdown at Demon's Drop, Wolf Creek: Book 6 Hell on the Prairie
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Thanks for pinch-hitting today, Cheryl, and for creating such interesting characters!ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Troy! Glad to do it--I gotta go spread the word on FB! Have I told you lately how glad I am you came up with this whole idea?ReplyDelete
Congrats again to y'all. Such great stuff!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Tanya! I have really enjoyed working on this!ReplyDelete
I love how the book is jam-packed with history while the characters move through the pages. It still amazes me how several authors could collaborate on such an endeavor.ReplyDelete
I have this book, so don't enter me in the contest.
All the best.
Sarah, I think we are all amazed about how well this process has gone and the results of it. It has been a lot of fun, for sure. I hope you have been enjoying our tales of Wolf Creek!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fun project! Enjoyed reading a little about the story and the history involved. Kudos for the collaboration.ReplyDelete
The whole Wolf Creek concept is extremely interesting and creative. This particular volume seems full of action, drama, and history. Even with the short outline you gotta feel for this guy!ReplyDelete
Hi Ciara! This has been just an amazing project. I have really had fun working on it, and we've had a great series creator and coordinator in Troy!ReplyDelete
Yes, for sure, Derrick has had some rough times in his life. But the good news is that in book 6, HELL ON THE PRAIRIE, some of his luck changes and a stroke of luck (very unexpected though it might be!) is going to befall him. Thanks for coming over and commenting--I've got you entered in the drawing!
I'm sure by now everyone is tired of hearing me gush about the Wolf Creek series, but gosh dangit, I just can't help it. This series is such a remarkable accomplishment. The books just keep getting better, too!ReplyDelete
Cheryl, Derrick really came alive in Book 5: Showdown at Demon's Drop (review coming Monday). I can't even imagine what Wolf Creek's characters will get into next, but whatever it is, I'm eager to read the story. :-)
Enjoyed the first book and just received my copy of the short stories in the series. The characters are so different and yet face what all people face...choices and that is what makes them so fascinating. DorisReplyDelete
Kathleen, we never get tired of hearing you gush. LOL Thanks so much for your kind words--can't wait to read your review. You know these characters are always going to find something to get into and keep the action going!ReplyDelete
Doris, I'm so glad you are enjoying the Wolf Creek stories. I think that's what makes the characters so interesting--they all have their own secrets and problems just like real people do.ReplyDelete
TODAY'S WINNER IS....ReplyDelete
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!