I began chasing my Thompson/Patterson family history to Scotland and Ireland in 2001. Eventually I uncovered the roots of the Thompson family in Dumbarton, Scotland and Belfast,Ireland. I found compelling family stories and began putting them in print in 2008,with Caron Brannan: Bound Boy of Belfast.
I continued writing historic articles for the large Irish- American population in Greene County, Illinois.
My Civil War era novel, Rich Man's War - Poor Man's Fight was released in September of this year as an ebook for Kindle and Nook and have received good reviews of the story that brings light to the irony of Irish immigrants who cae to face each other as enemies on battlefields after they were conscripted into service as they came off of ships in New York harbor in the North, or convinced that the South's battle for freedom was a cause that the Irish should understand. I am proud of my Scotch-Irish heritage and happy to record some of the stories that need to be told.