This week on the Scribbler, I'm happy to share
my own SBTS of my soon-to-be-released
Vol. 2 of The Alexanders.
June 30, 2023.
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Growing up in South Branch, Allan Hudson was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a schoolteacher. He lives in Dieppe, NB, with his wife Gloria. He has enjoyed a lifetime of adventure, travel and uses the many experiences as ideas for his writing. He is an author of action/adventure novels, historical fiction and a short story collection. His short stories – The Ship Breakers & In the Abyss – received Honourable Mention in the New Brunswick Writer’s Federation competition.
He has stories published on commuterlit.com, The Golden Ratio and here - South Branch Scribbler.
Working Title: The Alexanders. Volume 2. 1921 - 1925
Synopsis: The Alexander Saga continues.
Dominic has his ups and downs as life continues in his new country. His business is growing. His wife is expecting their first child. He often wonders of the woman he saw in Halifax. The Roaring 20’s bring speakeasys, jazz, flappers, a booming stock market, disregard for prohibition. Everyone who can is investing in the future. Europe is rebuilding after the war and supplies from North America are in high demand. Will Dominic get involved with the investing frenzy or will caution prevail? The words of his late Uncle Duff ring loudly in his mind. “Watch those pennies, lad. Don’t waste your money on foolish things.”
Will Dominic’s decisions keep the business intact?
The Story Behind the Story: The idea of a young boy, maybe eleven or twelve and big for his age, being removed from his family due to poverty and his father’s demise. This was the spark which created Volume 1 of The Alexanders.
“Lucretia Alexander is about to abandon her middle child, Dominic. Poised on the wide front stoop of her brother-in-law's house, she is draped in sorrow. Her father waits in the cairt, which he has pulled to the side of the street. Her hand is raised to rap on the faded wooden door, but she hesitates. Looking at her eleven-year-old son by her side, almost as tall as her, she sees the uncertainty in his eyes. Like her heart, her will is almost broken. She yearns to hold him, to cling to him, to carry him away from the sadness they both feel. Biting her lower lip, her need for him to survive strengthens her resolve. She knocks firmly upon the door.”
The story evolved from there. Forced to support himself and learn a trade. No friends in his new home. Both his bachelor uncle and he trying to adapt to the changes. Other than his loneliness for his siblings, he fares well, learns his uncle’s trade and helps part time with his uncle’s buddy who is a carpenter. The war looms in Europe. Dominic is eager to serve but an accident has left him with a limp and he’s rejected. Unfortunate events change the course of Dominic’s life. Deciding to emigrate to Canada, a new life begins.
Volume 1 ends in 1920. The war is over. The economy is on the rebound.
Volume 2 begins in 1921.
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