We have a name! We have a name. I am absolutely thrilled to introduce to you the first of the Peri Reed Chronicles, THE DRAFTER. (I know I said I’ve seen the cover, but this isn’t it. It’s just a place holder.)
Peri Reed takes her name from Master Commandant Perry who fought in the war of 1812 to hold Lake Erie from the British. He is the man who is credited with saying, “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” and his victory there got him promoted to captain as well as allowing Detroit to be retaken by U.S. troops.
Why name my main character after an often frustrated military captain, you might ask? I spent several summers at Put-in-Bay, a small island in Lake Erie, where they have a tall monument to the battle. The climb to the top is claustrophobic and wearying, but when you gain the summit, and the wind lifts through you, and you can see farther than you’ve ever have before . . . you feel free. At least you do when you’re twelve. And that is Peri Reed’s story.