"Parten ... uses her family history to craft this tense saga ... And like any successful historical novel, the work will impart readers with a craving to learn more about the events." - Kirkus Review
As a child, I remember the stories my mother and grandmother used to tell. Particularly, I loved to hear the story of the 1813 Massacre of Fort Mims. A few years ago, I began a journey researching our family lore, discovering something surprising. Historians consistently stated that no one knew the whereabouts of my kinfolks at the time of the massacre or their fate afterward. In my debut novel, Red Tears, I attempt to reveal insights into our family lore and their harrowing escape from the bloodiest massacre in the frontier history of the United States.
Earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M Kingsville in 1983, I enjoy my work designing and building pipelines, oil production facilities, refineries and chemical plants in the Gulf Coast region. As a Project Engineer, I have over thirty years of experience in writing highly technical documents and am excited about making the transition into historical literature. I must say it is very gratifying to know that I have finally written something that is entertaining to read.
There is a joke among engineers that goes:
The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The optimist sees the glass as half full. The engineer has performed calculations that determined that the volume of the vessel is approximately twice as large as required for the application.
I am delighted to see the glass half full!
“Even me and my siblings get into heated discussions as to what happened,” declares author, N.K. Parten. “The debate is so provocative that the Creek War has been sanitized in grade school history books.”