Author/artist Nick Korolev was born and raised in New Jersey in a boating family and has sailed on a tall ship. His first short story was published at the age of 14 in a national magazine “Popular Dogs”. He has since written stage and screenplays, some of which have won awards: The Great Mudbug War, That’s the Spirit: A Haunting Comedy, Riders of the North Wind, and The Swamp Dragon. His traditionally published novels include historical fictions: Silver Eagles (2003), a Civil War novel about Col. Adelbert Ames, Lieut. Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain and the 20th Maine, now out of print; and Dark Waters, (2012, Salvo Press) a maritime historical novel about the Lusitania disaster of WWI; and the Civil War fantasy, The Swamp Dragon (2011, Whiskey Creek Press).
He belongs to the leading Civil War living history group Federal Generals Corps, for which he portrays Commodore Sylvanus W. Godon of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, or Commodore John A. Winslow of the USS Kearsage depending on the program. It was during research on Godon’s career that the idea for Storm Warning emerged, sparked by his capture of the slaver Erie during his service with the little known African Squadron, the United States Navy’s mostly failed effort to interdict the slave trade just before the Civil War.
Presently he lives in Fisher, WV and his “day jobs” include substitute teaching for two counties and in the summer, the naturalist for Lost River State Park. Visit Nick’s website for more information. He also maintains a Facebook page – Nick Korolev Author/Artist and is on Linkedin and Squidoo.
Slavery: a crime against humanity and the basis for a whole economy in one of the most shameful aspects of our history, but this is the backdrop against which Storm Warning is painted. Based on a true and all but forgotten incident, part sea chase and part courtroom drama, it is the story of the capture and trial of Captain Nathaniel Gordon, the only man in history to face conviction for slave trading; Commander Sylvanus Godon, who captured him at sea; and those men who brought him to justice and fought in his defense in a landmark case that reaches from the Circuit Court of the Southern District of New York City all the way to Washington and the new President Lincoln.