See Steve's Recent Interview on Seriousreading.com
we use an array of literary tools, including non-linear storytelling, a combination of first-and third-person narratives, maps and illustrations, and personal elements such as letters and journal entries, and the use of period-authentic vernacular dialog, all to make the story as compelling as we can"
Husband and Wife Team Up to Make History Exciting
Williamsburg, Virginia residents Steve and Kris Prince are teaming up to become full-time historical novelists. Steve’s first book, Farewell the Innocent, was released on January 25, 2016, and is now available in paperback or e-book versions in bookstores and online.. Steve and Kris now believe the time has come to take a leap of faith and begin a new chapter of their lives as co-authors. For them, sharing their love of American history through creative writing is a dream-come-true.
“We feel strongly that we’re meant to do this.” (Steve)
“We like to create compelling, relatable characters living through rich moments in American history. Like having a time machine to the past that you can hold in your hands.” (Kris)
“We prefer to call it ‘historical faction’, rather than historical fiction. We do our best to present the history as it actually occurred using fictional characters to tell the story in a more dynamic way. Our goal is to reach people who enjoy history, but also people who might not otherwise have picked up a book about history but enjoy reading a good story. If we can help our readers deepen their appreciation for our nation and where we came from, then we consider that a success.” (Steve)
The couple has already begun work on their second book, which will be set in western Virginia and the Ohio territory in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. It is inspired by the true story of “Indian Billy” Dragoo, an ancestor of Steve’s, who was captured and adopted by Native Americans as a boy. After living with the Ottawa people for more than twenty years, Billy eventually returned to his white heritage and settled in central Ohio, where he became a local legend.
Steve is a retired Navy veteran, graduate of Liberty University, and former pastor in Williamsburg. In his spare time, he volunteers with Siberian Husky rescue in Virginia, and is a Buckskin member of the Blue Ridge Chapter, Frontiersman Camping Fellowship.
In addition to being a mother and homeschool educator to her two children (both of whom are now students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA), Kris is a freelance artist and also volunteers with Siberian Husky rescue. Her most satisfying hobby is her forty plus years collection of comic books: where passions for art and great stories come together!