David More, award-winning author of three historical novels, The Eastern Door, The Lily and the Rose and Freedom's Children (previously published as Liberty's Children), as well as, Ten Generations, a commissioned family history, was born in Montreal, Canada. An avid sailor and boat builder, he retired in 2011 after 40 years working in medical laboratories. He graduated from University of Waterloo (BA in History), Queen's University (Master of Public Administration) and MA (History) as well as the Humber School for Writers. A keen student of history his entire life, he created and taught a local and regional history credit course at St. Lawrence College and is currently pursuing his doctorate in History at Queen’s full-time. Recently he was able to combine several of his interests working for a local charity that provides teenagers with a traditional, live-aboard sail training experience aboard the square-rigged brigantine, St. Lawrence II.
He is presently working on the fourth and fifth novels in his Smithyman saga. He has published non-fiction articles and features in the Kingston Whig-Standard, the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star, and is a sought-after lecturer on regional history. In 2013, he organized the first annual Port of Bath Marine Heritage Festival to celebrate the interesting but almost-forgotten history of freshwater shipping and shipbuilding in the Great Lakes region.
David More and his wife Donna currently reside in an 1847 limestone house near the water in Kingston, Ontario, which they are continuously improving.
Freedom's Children, Smithyman Saga, Book III
The struggle to become a nation, the struggle to remain a family
By 1774, fur trader and diplomat extraordinaire Sir William (Billy) Smithyman has carved a baronial estate from the New York wilderness and earned the undying love of his Mohawk wife Laura Silverbirch along with her people’s trust. Now, the colonies are flirting with revolution and the frontier needs his leadership, but Billy is gravely ill from an old war wound. His oldest son, Thomas, unwilling and unprepared, may be forced to take his father’s place.
Freedom’s Children, third in the Smithyman saga, plunges readers into life-and-death drama as a new generation clashes in the struggle to dominate a continent.
"Readers with an interest in early American Indian history will enjoy his description of eastern Indian nations and their interrelationships. I have not seen this material as prominently presented in fiction since Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. An interesting and enjoyable read." –The Historical Novel Society
The Lily and the Rose, Smithyman Saga, Book II
The French and Indian War - Who will occupy the New World?
1761: The North American territories have become a tremendous source of wealth for the English, Dutch, and French merchants and nobility, as well as a land of opportunity for humbler men and women. As national rivalries escalate into outright war, the French and their increasing desperate native allies set out to destroy the northernmost British forts, abetted by Dutch and even British traders, who don’t care who they sell their wares to.
Sir William “Billy” Smithyman has achieved fame, fortune and love on the New York frontier since he arrived from Ireland as a young man, but now all of that is in jeopardy. Billy must coax the decimated Iroquois alliance into remaining loyal to King George, in the very face of what seems imminent victory for the French. Together with his wise and fierce Mohawk wife, Laura Silverbirch, and her warrior brother, Matthew, Billy has to fend off assassination attempts as well as enemy action - with a price upon his head!
Will an unsuspected ally in the most unlikely of places defy the arrogance of New France, or will the seemingly invincible French armies and armada sweep away the settlements that Billy and his friends have built? As world powers contend over what was once their homeland, what will befall the dwindling numbers of First People?
"...It’s clear that the author has thoroughly researched his subject, and his atmosphere is very good...writing from both French and British perspectives... interestingly drawn... go ahead and try The Lily and the Rose for a look at a poorly known period in American history, but start with The Eastern Door." –The Historical Novel Society
The Eastern Door, Smithyman Saga, Book I
Immigrating from 18th century rural Ireland, Billy Smithyman builds a new life in the New York frontier, where Billy's honesty stands out in the corrupt fur trade, and where he earns the trust of formidable Mohawk war chief Emperor Marten. Smithyman becomes a Mohawk warrior, and captures the love of Marten's niece, the fierce Laura Silverbirch. But, Smithyman's success creates murderous enemies in the colonial establishment, and his organizational skill leads him into his greatest challenge. In the midst of the French and Indian War, he is appointed the amateur commander of an untrained, civilian militia and ordered to capture a powerful French fort and its garrison. Smithyman and his ragtag army must quickly learn to outmaneuver a veteran French general, his well-trained army, and overcome colonial traitors if they are to survive. The Eastern Door is the first novel in a stunning new American Colonial History series.