The young adult novel details Loyalist Sir John Johnson’s flight from the Mohawk Valley, through the Adirondacks and eventually to the safety of Canada in 1776. Set in the modern day Adirondacks, it uses flashbacks to 1776 to relate how Johnson traversed the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks on his way to English controlled Canada. This novel of historical fiction tells Johnson’s story through the adventures of twenty-first century youngsters who find one of these cannons and a narrative of the dangers and hardships Johnson, his family, and his men faced on his flight to safety.
Ms. Curry spent five years piecing together Johnson’s flight from various sources because no official military journal or record of this expedition was found, perhaps because it was a secret escape.
A former adjunct faculty member of developmental English and music at Herkimer County Community College and part-time music teacher at St. Francis de Sales Catholic school here, Curry conceived of the book after hearing stories and legends about the various cannons left in the Adirondacks by armies of the American Revolution, French and Indian War and War of 1812.
Ms. Curry, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Ithaca College, a post-baccloreate paralegal degree from Adelphi University and a Masters in Arts in Liberal Studies from SUNY Empire State says,”I wanted to write a book that would inspire local youth to be proud of their history and the contributions the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks made to the American Revolution.”
Ms. Curry is a fifth generation Adirondack native and descendant of Adirondack guides. She shares her time between Herkimer and Blue Mountain Lake.
Her other writing credits include past freelance reporting for the Amsterdam Recorder, Hamilton County (News)Express, Adirondack Express, North Country Catholic and a poetry chapbook, Retrieving the Spirit (FootHills Publishing,2006). Poems fromRetrieving the Spirit were made into a musical drama by composer Dr. Blaise Ferrandino and performed at Texas Christian University in 2012. She has also been published in numerous poetry anthologies and received an 8th place award from Writer’s Digest 74th competition in the short story category.
She is a professional musician performing as a symphony bassist all over the United Sates including local orchestras of Utica and Glens Falls symphonies. She has been a professional cantor for churches and performed as a soprano soloist for events, professional and community choirs, music theatre and operatic groups.