Lora J. Chilton

Lora J. Chilton

Journey Through '1666: A Novel' and Enter the World of Author Lora J. Chilton

Immerse Yourself in a Tale of History, Culture, and Unyielding Resilience, Crafted Through the Art of Words

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Amazon readers have rated 1666: A Novel with 4.6 stars out of 5 and Goodreads readers have rated it 4.2 stars.

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Enjoy this playlist inspired by “1666: A Novel.”

This playlist has a special focus on Indigenous artists, including a song by “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton, who is also a member of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia. It also draws inspiration from Memphis musicians and explores themes of love, water, and resilience.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize laureate

Meet Lora Chilton, a story teller with roots in the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia through the lineage of her father. 

As a member of this vibrant community, Lora’s storytelling is infused with the authenticity of her heritage. She weaves together the threads of history, culture, and resilience to create narratives that transcend time. From nursing to small business ownership, elected office to non-profit leadership, her life’s journey has taken many forms. Now, as an accomplished author, she continues to celebrate the spirit of her people through her words.

Curious to learn more about Lora’s extraordinary journey? Explore the full story of the author and her rich background – a tapestry woven with diverse experiences, boundless passion, and a commitment to preserving the legacy of the Patawomeck Tribe.

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“A disturbing, absorbing, and valuable addition to the literature of cruelty inflicted upon Indigenous peoples.”

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“We embrace the cycle of life. We know there are a finite number of moons to be lived.” – 1666: A Novel by Lora Chilton

The survival story of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia has been remembered within the tribe for generations, but the massacre of Patawomeck men and the enslavement of women and children by land hungry colonists in 1666 has been mostly unknown outside of the tribe until now. Author Lora Chilton, a member of the tribe through the lineage of her father, has created this powerful fictional retelling of the survival of the tribe through the lives of three women.

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June, 2024

American Library Association Convention in San Diego


July, 2024

Adventures by the Book: A Virtual Book Bingo Adventure


August, 2024

Adventures By the Book Pitch Fest


September, 2024

The History Book Festival

Lora will be  a featured speaker, discussing 1666: A Novel.


November, 2024

The Hampton Cultural Series

As part of Native American History Month festivities, Hampton History Museum presents Lora Chilton discussing her new book, 1666: A Novel.


November, 2024

The Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival

Lora will discuss 1666: A Novel at one of the sessions and the book trailer will be viewed.


Jul, 2024

Burke's Book Store Signing

Book Clubs!

If you would like Lora to visit your book club and discuss her book with you, she would love to attend either virtually or in person, if your club is in the Memphis area.  All Scheduling is done through Novel Network at the link below.


Here's What Readers Are Saying About "1666: A Novel"

“Lora Chilton’s 1666: A Novel is an historically accurate, horrific, moving chronicle of the devastation wrought on the indigenous population by white settlers in early America. The author manages to take large dollops of shocking history, a history I was unfamiliar with, and fashion them into a narrative that moves like a chilling wind. With an unflinching eye, and an unwavering heart, she crafts vivid scenes and memorable characters. The story is a tragedy, of course, but in Chilton’s sure hands, it transcends the horrors, and the name of this transcendence is Art. Its main character, a Patawomeck woman named Golden Fawn, is deep-rooted, and marvelously real. Long live Golden Fawn, and long live Lora Chilton who has written a novel as rich and indelible as the black earth beneath us.”

    --Corey Mesler

    Author of Memphis Movie, and The World is Neither Stacked For Nor Against You: Selected Stories.

    “With meticulous research, Lora Chilton’s 1666: A Novel, brings to life the forgotten and tragic story of women who survived a disgraceful chapter in our melting-pot history. Following them from Virginia and the birth of the ‘New World,’ to Barbados, eventually back to their lost homelands, you cannot help but mourn the lost opportunity early settlers had to collaborate rather than annihilate.”

      –Molly Calwell Crosby

      Author of The American Plague, and The Great Pearl Heist.

      “Beautifully written, 1666: A Novel tells a story that needs to be told….this is a story of the survival of our best selves over our worst. A story seeking wholeness by coming home. A read that will make you cry and fill your hearts at once.”

        –Dr. Barbara U. Prescott

        Co-author of My Heart Got Married and I Didn’t Know It.