I’m currently toiling away on Refiner’s Fire, book 6 of my American Patriot Series set during the American Revolution. In this installment Elizabeth Howard has been whisked off to France to keep her out of the hands of British secret agents out to kill her. Meanwhile, Jonathan Carleton, also known as the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is far out in Ohio Territory involved in frustrating negotiations with his tribe to support the Americans instead of the British or at least stay neutral in the war. As in previous volumes of the series, there’s lots of intrigue and spying—which was serious business on both sides during the Revolution, just as it is in all wars.
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Washington essentially laid the groundwork for today’s intelligence organizations by recognizing that gathering information was just as important as building a powerful army. Without the efforts of Washington and his spies, our Revolution might have had a very different outcome. As Major George Beckwith, a British intelligence officer, noted: “Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us.”
I love tales of spies and intrigue, which is probably why I write them. But honestly, I have to wonder whether I’d have the courage to become a spy. Do you enjoy those kinds of stories too? Have you ever wondered what you would do if our country were under direct attack by an enemy and people you loved depended on you to protect them?
~~~J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers and a lifelong student of history. She is also an author, editor, and publisher. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series coauthored with Bob Hostetler, won Foreword Magazine’s 2014 Indie Book of the Year Bronze Award for historical fiction. Book 2, The Return, received the 2017 Interviews and Reviews Silver Award for Historical Fiction. One Holy Night, a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year.