Dean Whitlock will be presenting his sixth book, Finn's Clock at the Howe Library with a combination of readings and the backstory of how his research into the era affected his writing process, including the vital role it played in shaping the book’s characters and plot.
Finn's Clock is a historical fantasy for middle school and young adult readers. Set in a time when steam is threatening sail and factories are displacing workers, the Irish immigrants are unwanted and under threat, but determined to make their place. It's 1853, and into Boston Harbor sails a sea-going Chinese junk, bearing mysteries, magic, and a Firebrand named An-Ming.
Thetford author Dean Whitlock writes fantasy and science fiction for young and not-so-young adults. His stories have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Aboriginal SF, as well as in anthologies in the US and abroad. His first two YA fantasy novels were published by Clarion Books, but now he publishes independently under the Boatman Press imprint. An Air Force brat, Dean has lived in a dozen states and three foreign countries, a life of travel that gave him plenty of time to read in the car and now enriches his writing.
The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand with books for purchase and signing.
It's 1853, Boston, Massachusetts, and young Finn O'Neill is learning the trade of a boatman on the harbor. He and his father row for a young clock mender, Peter Jenkins, ferrying him out though the ship channels every day to offer inbound shipmasters his services for their chronometers. One morning, a sea-going Chinese junk appears out of a thick fog and sets Finn's life on its ear.