Maybe I should change the name of this blog...
Keechie has been out since 2005 and for a first work, it has been fairly successful. I say fairly because I did all the marketing myself and just like writing the novel, I had to learn everything the hard way. I have received many great reviews and even won two awards from NewBookReviews - first it won the book of the month, and that same year it went on to gain the Book of the Year!
I have spent the better part of the last 18 months researching and writing the sequel/prequel, Granny Boo ~ The Legacy of the Puma Man, which continues the life of Brian and his family in Keechie's cave, and also goes back in time to Keechie's ancestors who first migrated from northwestern Mexico after Cortez invaded the land and decimated the indigenous Aztec people. They traveled across North America and eventually arrived in the southeastern states. Fast-forward from there, it was the descendants of these people who discovered the cave and escaped the forced removal known as the Trail of Tears.
Keechie was from a long line of Spirit Singers— medicine women who received the Gift of Singing only with every other generation of women, and was watched over by their spirit guide, the Puma Man.
Alexis, Brian's daughter plays an important role in the concluding chapters, where it is discovered that she is the great-granddaughter of Keechie, and is now the new Spirit Singer.
You will have to read the book to learn how all this came about, and what it will mean to the great Muskogee people who are now living in Indian Territory in Oklahoma.
Granny Boo has been accepted by a wonderful publisher and is now in the process of text formatting. It will be available late in 2009.