Lora J. Chilton

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About The Author

A member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia, Lora Chilton tells the story of her people and their unlikely survival due to the courage of three Patawomeck women. As a part of the process, she interviewed tribal elders, researched colonial documents and studied the Patawomeck language. Chilton graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She has worked as a Registered Nurse, a small business owner, an elected official, a non-profit executive and a writer. Memphis is her home. 1666: A Novel is her second work of historical fiction.

From Lora To You,

First, thank you for checking out the website and for your interest in my historical fiction novel 1666: A Novel.

I first heard about the survival story of the Patawomeck tribe from Chief Two Eagles Green when he attended and spoke at our Chilton family reunion in 2007. I was fascinated by the bravery of the women and began to read every book and article I could find. While the women’s names had been lost to time, I increasingly felt their story and that of the tribe needed to be told. This book imagines what their journey might have been based on historical records and oral tradition of the tribe.

I have been writing since high school. (I even won an award for writing in 9th grade!) In the years between high school and now, I often had ideas for books I wanted to write but I was busy working and raising a family so I mostly put writing a novel on the back burner. I did co-author a non-fiction book in 2009 and often wrote opinion pieces for local newspapers in Memphis. 

However, in 2018 my life changed when I lost my mother and then three months later was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After undergoing extensive surgery to remove the grapefruit sized tumor followed by six months of chemotherapy, I decided to get serious about writing. As I recovered I started writing!

Thank you for your interest in 1666: A Novel!

You might like to take a look at my publisher, Sibylline Press. www.sibyllinepress.com. They publish the work of “brilliant women over 50, exclusively.” I’m so grateful to know and work with these amazing women.

Other Fun Facts:

I lived in the Philippines during my teenage years as my parents were missionaries.

In my spare time I like to read, garden, play tennis, ride my bike and spend time with my family and friends. Scrabble is my favorite board game.

My community service and volunteer hours are done through my church in Memphis.

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

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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.

Historical Fiction

1666: After The Massacre

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Inspiration in Every Word Discovering the Book's Origins

I first heard about the survival story of the Patawomeck tribe from Chief Two Eagles Green when he attended and spoke at our Chilton family reunion in 2007. I was fascinated by the bravery of the women and began to read every book and article I could find. While the women’s names had been lost to time, I increasingly felt their story and that of the tribe needed to be told. This book imagines what their journey might have been based on historical records and oral tradition of the tribe.