Squall in the Gulf
Published by: Dogwood Press
Moving twenty-three years forward in time from my 2021 debut novel, Cradle in the Oak, my sequel, Squall in the Gulf, takes place once again along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this time in the Roaring Twenties. This was a fascinating time, when doughboys were still coping with shellshock from the Great War and the Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transport of liquor, leading to medical prescriptions for alcohol, rumrunning, bootlegging, speakeasies, and jazz.
My historical research led to some interesting connections between the Coast and the cities of Chicago and New Orleans, which inspired me to include all three in my storyline forSquall in the Gulf.
One intriguing connection was the celebrity gangster, Al Capone, whose Chicago empire was rumored to be worth over one hundred million dollars. One of his many homes was located on a bayou in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. From this bayou, Capone and his gang would board a fast powerboat and take off for Cat Island, located a few miles offshore, to supervise their rumrunners. I took this information and let my imagination run wild over the waves and through the frequent squalls in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Squall in the Gulf takes place on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the climax of the Roaring Twenties and mixes rapid-fire suspense with fascinating Gulf Coast history."
— Mississippi Magazine
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"Readers will enjoy “Squall in the Gulf” for its sense of place and mysteries, as well as its clean style and narrative."
These photographs helped me travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties and inspired the scenery for Squall in the Gulf.