I believe that characters make the story. While the setting and story arcs are important, without good, well defined characters, a book can fall flat. It is the characters that we truly fall in love with and it is the characters and their actions that we remember the most about a story. The “Home from Choestoe” series is full of rich characters that will endear your heart and make you laugh, cry, and even get excited right along with them as they journey through life in the early pioneer days of the Appalachian Frontier!
Jeb, short for Jebediah, is the lead character along with his friend Wolf, a full blood Cherokee Indian. Their adventures take you all over the Choestoe Valley and surrounding areas. When Jeb isn’t helping his family on the farm, you can be sure he is out exploring with Wolf. You can join them for their adventures by purchasing the series on Amazon (First Book or Second Book) or purchasing them through Argus Publishing (First Book or Second Book). If you want to learn some more about Jeb’s history, you can read the character bio here.
Wolf, a full blood Cherokee Indian, is the son of Dancing Bear, a tribal elder for the Cherokee nation, and A-GA-Li-Ha, a Cherokee princess from the Yonah Clan to the south, is Jeb’s best friend and blood brother. Born on the same cold and snowy night as Jeb, Wolf lives with his family on Slaughter Mountain. When Wolf and Jeb meet, they instantly know they are soul brothers ordained by the Great Spirit. Wolf’s faith is a mix of Cherokee and Christianity (he knew the Peace Child) and Jeb depends on Wolf to teach him the ways of being Cherokee. Their curiousity leads them on many adventures that you can join them in by purchasing the series on Amazon (First Book or Second Book) or purchasing them through Argus Publishing (First Book or Second Book). If you want to learn some more about Wolf’s history, you can read the character bio here.
Wolf’s Mom, Princess A-Ga-Li-Ha of the Yonah Clan, is a most interesting Cherokee woman. Most often in a Cherokee marriage it was the man who went to the woman’s home after they’d gotten married. In her case, she married the son of a tribal elder, so she chose to move to Dancing Bear’s home in Choestoe. A-Ga-Li-Ha is a strong woman who knew when to speak and when to stay quiet concerning tribal issues, and Dancing Bear being wise, would listen to his wife. Her being raised by the Yonah chief gave her a knowledge of proper thinking and behavior during important times that was valued by most council members. She worked hard, as all Indian women did, but her family came first. She would visit her clan across the big ridges to the south a few times each year. She loved her husband and her family. To her, family was life. You can learn more about Princess A-Ga-Li-Ha by purchasing the series on Amazon (First Book or Second Book) or purchasing them through Argus Publishing (First Book or Second Book) or you can read more about Princess A-Ga-Li-Ha’s history on her character bio here.