Let me introduce myself. My name is Sam Hossler and I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. As a writer my love for the area and its history encouraged me to produce two novels on the area. Fascinated with the 1700s I found old newspaper articles, letters and personal family histories that provided fodder for these books. Frontier at Three Rivers covers the summer of 1763 and the Indian attacks on Fort Pitt and outlying areas. Actually the archeological dig at Hanna’s Town spurred my imagination and desire to find more, which turned into the first half of the book.
The second half of Frontier at Three Rivers deals with Virginia’s attempt to occupy Western Pennsylvania and again how, in my imagination, the local residents rebelled and drove the invaders out. Places, events and sometimes actual people are used to weave the story into an exciting read.
My next book, Frontier Preacher, follows the life of Reverend John Corbly and his struggle for survival in the untamed Washington and Greene counties of Western Pennsylvania. There are chapters delving into the unrest of this section of the Commonwealth and the hostility of the federal government to quell what has become known as The Whiskey Rebellion. Again the story springs from newspaper articles, letters and journals from those times. Many facts that are not found in history books are brought out. Tucked in the pages are answers to the question, was the rebellion really about a whiskey tax?
Now a resident of Florida Hossler has an action/crime book, The Encounter. In it you will follow a young man that becomes involved with a Florida crime family. Watch as this clean cut young man is drawn into the world of crime.
Sam Hossler spent over 50 years hunting, fishing and hiking over the hills of western Pennsylvania, where "Frontier Preacher" and "Frontier at Three Rivers" takes place. He became fascinated with an archaeological dig at Hanna's Town, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and this sparked his interest in frontier life. This passion led to writing several books on the subject, including "The Summer of 1763" and "The Great Land Grab" [Dog Ear Publishing, 2005 and 2007]; and "A Bloodstained Land" [Publish America, 2007]. Hossler believes that the history found in "Frontier Preacher" is not found in any one place, anywhere. He has been a writer for over 35 years. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and a member of the Florida Writers Association..
Hossler said, "My area of specialization is 18th century American history and although my books are considered fiction, they are based on actual events. You will soon see that the political world has not really changed much over the last 250 years! We just have added new players wearing the same old masks."
As you can see from my Home Page I have branched out to a more popular theme. Werewolves are in with the younger crowd and I wanted to see if I could bring this subject to the nineteenth century, Silversmith Chronicles is the result and it was so much fun to write I have written Beasts of the Frontier using the same main characters. Now, his new book, The Encounter, is based in Florida and brings the reader into a world of drugs. Follow the evolution of this young man from clean cut college student to a member of a Florida crime family.
Audio books have become popular with the traveling crowd and those so busy they don't have time to sit and enjoy reading the written word. Frontier Preacher and Frontier at Three Rivers are now available as a CD or download. For a CD of either book go to www.grannyapplepublishing.com and click on Audio Books in the upper right hand corner. If you would like them as a download go to Amazon, click on Audio Books and the title you want. It's that easy.
You may also be interested in Sam's blog, Unclesamshistory.com, where little known events in the 1700s are written about.
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