Entries by David Jessup

Review of The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride

I love writing historical fiction. Digging up dry bare bones of long-dead people and reassembling them with imagined personalities, motives and quirky character traits. In both the writing and the reading, one can break the chains of current reality and escape, Houdini-like, into an imagined fantasy world. At the end, most authors bring you back […]

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Envisioning the Future of the Big Thompson River

If you live in Northern Colorado, you no doubt appreciate the beauty, the utility, and occasional destructiveness of the Big Thompson River. You now have an opportunity to help determine the River’s future. The Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, which I chaired for two years, is seeking your opinion about possible projects to improve river health.  […]

Killings of Osage Indians for Oil

Killers of the Flower Moon The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann This book is a history that reads like a whodunnit.  A page-turner that bring to life one of the most shocking atrocities in Oklahoma history: the murder of Osage Indians by upstanding white citizens to acquire oil rights […]

The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

As a writer who has worked to give voice to an Indian woman growing up in 1840s Montana (Mariano’s Woman), I am awestruck by a book I just read entitled The Color of Lightning, by Paulette Jiles.  It tells the story of a freed slave named Britt Johnson who hauls his family to Texas after […]

Just published: my new historical novel, “Mariano’s Woman”

Mariano’s Woman, published by Pronghorn Press, is a historical novel featuring nineteenth-century clashes between Jesuit “blackrobes,” mountain men and Montana Indian tribes. Based on the true story of Takansy, the Indian wife of early Colorado pioneer Mariano Medina, award-winning author David M. Jessup explores the theme of what happens to souls in the afterlife.

Breakfast and Tour with Mariano Medina

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 8:30 to 11:00 AM ​Sylvan Dale Ranch ~ Loveland, Colorado Learn How Angel Vigil Becomes Mariano Medina The Big Thompson’s first settler, Mariano Medina, died over 150 years ago.  But he’s “re-visiting” Loveland in the form of historical reenactor Angel Vigil. Angel is an accomplished author, performer, theatre director, and educator. He […]

Holiday Gift Offer

I was so gratified by the latest five-star Amazon customer reviews of my second historical novel, Mariano’s Choice, that in a moment of madness I decided to offer a holiday gift sale: 10% off on each book, or 15% off if you buy both books. You have to order from my website, davidmjessup.com/books, for this […]