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Clayton-le-Moors woman in western novels accolade
THE WIFE of an East Lancashire man who has un-covered his Native American past after a DNA test is to publish two westerns with a prestigious London publisher.
When Jill McDonald-Constable bought her husband Chris an online DNA test as a birthday present, he traced his father’s genealogy to California, and further back to the American Indian Chippewa tribe.
His story, featured in the Lancashire Telegraph last year, was repeated around the world as the tale of the Englishman with Chippewa heritage.
The Clayton-le-Moors couple were astounded at the coincidence, as Jill had a life-long obsession with the Wild West.
When they discovered Chris was the great great grandson of Indian chiefs his 63-year-old wife had two western manuscripts hidden beneath her bed.
Now her tales of stage-coaches, Indian tribes and cowboys have received backing from London publishers Robert Hale.
Though the publishers receive hundreds of western manuscripts a week and other genres, Jill's tales were snapped up.
Jill, who goes by the name Amos Carr on the cover of her novels, is now looking forward to seeing her first book about a western sheriff The Ghosts of Poynter on sale in June.
Her second book, Crazy Man Cade, the story of a young girl's kidnapping during a stage-coach robbery, will be on the shelves in October.
Not to stop there, she has sent a third manuscript to the publisher's last week, and she is working on three other manuscripts.
Jill, who has in the past won the Writer of the Year award from Lancashire Authors’ Association and has led writing workshops at Accrington Library, is overjoyed.
She said: “And we have both been bestowed with Indian names. I even use mine, Nii-Gaan-O-Se-Kwe as the inspiration for the title for my author's website.
"It means Woman who Leads.”