Indian Paintbrush by Marilyn Meredith
Indian Paintbrush once had a different title. This is the first book of mine ever published way back in 1982. At that time it was called Trail to Glory--a name the publisher chose. Indian Paintbrush is a more fitting title as there are references to the flower all through the book.
An historical family saga, Indian Paintbrush, is based on family genealogy, my mother's side of the family. When my sister did the genealogy, I was amazed by how brave the women all were and able to support themselves when necessary in a time when women relied on men.
To write the story I had to do a lot of research about places and people I knew nothing about. I learned about early Wisconsin and the Menomenee Indians and made up a whole story about a young girl who disappeared. (The family legends about this were so far-fetched, I thought my version sounded far more realistic.)
I learned a lot about relatives I actually knew, like my great-aunt and my grandparents, even a big secret that never surfaced until my sister's search into genealogy. (And my grandparents were long gone before this book came out.)
The story is as accurate as it can be, but much is fictionalized.
This is the book that I rewrote and rewrote before it was accepted by an editor at a big New York publishing house.
I am tickled to have it revived and able to be once again read. I hope you'll enjoy it.