I'd always wanted to write a novel featuring Native Americans and The Blooding was my chance. The plot was determined as much by the landscape as by the characters.
'On ancient maps, it was the custom to indicate unexplored regions with representations of winged beasts and the inscription Here be Dragons.
There were no such drawings on the early maps of the north-eastern United States. The cartographers made do with a one-word inscription: Couxsachrage. An ancient Indian word, with many spellings and many meanings.
'To some, it translated as The Habitation of Winter. To others, The Dismal Wilderness. But these definitions were the white man’s interpretation. To the tribes of the Six Nations there was but one name, one meaning: The Hunting Grounds.'
Excerpt from The Blooding