Trying something new

Although historical fiction is my favorite genre to read, post-apocalyptic fiction comes in at a close second.  I wanted to try something new so I thought I’d try to write a post-apocalyptic story.  Of course it’s going to take place in a school.  Here’s a VERY rough draft of chapter 1.  What do you think of the idea so far?

Chapter 1 A New Beginning

Did you know?

While doing research I came across some information on Samuel de Champlain that I didn’t know before.  When he was 36 years old he finally married.  His wife, Helene Boulle, was the daughter of the court regent under Louis the XIII, she was only 12 years old at the time.

It wasn’t unusual for girls to marry at 12, but the rules of the church were that the marriage could not be consummated until the girl was 14 unless special permission was given.  It seems that de Champlain petitioned the church and asked for permission to consummate his marriage after the wedding. Permission was granted.

I can’t get over how creepy that seems.  Today a 36 year old man with a 12 year old girl is called a pedophile.  After the wedding Helene did go to Quebec for a short time, but the couple never had any children.  I wonder if he somehow damaged her sleeping with her at such a young age.  No wonder poor Helene ended up returning to France and living out the rest of her days in a convent.

The Next Book

Trying to decide who to research and write on next.  Here’s who I’ve narrowed it down to:

Jean Cusson:  This would be another of the old original settlers into New France.  Jean was a farmer, seigneurial attorney, clerk of court, royal notary, and acting king’s attorney.  He would be my 9 x’s great grandfather.

Pierre Robert:  Born in Boucherville, Quebec in 1671.  He became a voyaguer on the great lakes with his brothers.  He was one of the original settlers of Detroit and moved his family there. He would be my 8 x’s great grandfather.

Joseph Huck:  Not sure if I have enough information on Joseph yet but I’m researching.  This would be the first in my paternal German line.  Joseph was born in Alsace Lorraine in 1810 and arrived in Waterloo Canada around 1831-3. The area was called Little Germany.  He would be my 3 x’s great grandfather.

Decisions, decisions…



Nicolas had been submitted for approval.  Just waiting for it to publish, should be available withing the next few hours….


New Tab

I’ve added a new page to the blog called “Preview”.  You can find the first chapter of all four books available there to read.

My tree

For those of you doing genealogical research, be careful, it can be addicting. My tree is on  It is always on public so it can be viewed by anyone.  You do not have to pay for an account to make an account.  You can register and use their free databases.  I’ve included the link to the free databases below.  FYI never seems to run right in google chrome, I usually have to switch over to Internet Explorer when I use it.  Could be my computer settings but if you have problems try switching search engines.  My tree is under ‘Karen Huck Cardno’.

Getting Closer

Nicolas is almost done, took a day off from writing and worked on the cover and ‘blurb’.  What do you think?

Nicolas Pelletier signed a contract to become a master carpenter in 1612, he was just fifteen at the time.  For the next four years he learned his craft, always thinking about the new settlement he had heard about far across the ocean, in a place called New France.  For twenty years he would work hard and save before he was finally able to make the journey, along with his wife and two young sons.  He arrived at Fort Quebec at a time when less than one hundred people lived there, having a skilled trade made him an asset to the struggling community.  For the next forty years he and his wife Jeanne would live in and help build some of the oldest cities in what is now called Canada.  Living first in Quebec, then Sillery and finally moving on to Sorel as each settlement was founded and evolved.  They would face difficulties along the way, such as court disputes with the neighboring Indians at the mission their land bordered, and skirmishes with the Iroquois Nation. They were two of the lucky few, who were able to be part of New France, as it grew and began to prosper.