D.J. Richardson is a writer, wildlife photographer, and author of the novel In Her Own Footsteps: Flora Ross and Her Struggle for Identity and Independence in the Colonial West," which was released by Butterwort Books on September 15, 2020.
In Her Own Footsteps is the project that started D.J.'s writing career, initially as a research paper while he was studying history at Queen's University, followed by three subsequent decades of research to turn it into the first novel in a trilogy about the life of Flora Amelia Ross, told as truthfully as surviving documents permit.
D.J. Richardson's writing includes screenplays (member of the Writer's Guild, west), and articles that appear on this website and on the companion site www.FloraRoss.com. He is also the author of articles that appear on the websites of various legal publications, relating to the day-job he's continued since graduating from Stanford Law School. D.J. is presently at work on the next book in the Flora Ross trilogy, Matron of the Asylum, and a book on the life of John Butts in post-gold rush San Francisco, The Trial of Ned McGowan.
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In Her Own Footsteps
Flora Ross and Her Struggle for Independence in the Colonial West
by D.J. Richardson
In the summer of 1859, British and American troops stood at the brink of war over a small island in the Pacific Northwest, each claiming sovereignty over the region in a military standoff that has become known as the “Pig War” of San Juan Island. In the midst of the dispute sat a Hudson’s Bay Company farm, where seventeen year-old Flora Ross, the Métis daughter (Anishinaabe/Scottish) of a prominent company family, nursed a farmworker’s dying wife. The American instigator of the military incursion, Paul K. Hubbs, Jr., courted Flora throughout the standoff, and they were married as the two nations announced a peaceful joint occupation agreement. Their marriage was celebrated in newspapers as a second joint occupation of the island. But the marriage didn’t turn out to be peaceful, as Hubbs soon turned abusive and kept a mistress on a neighboring island. To escape, Flora had to overcome the lack of civil divorce laws in the colony of their marriage, the political power of her father-in-law in Washington Territory, and societal prejudices against a young Métis woman struggling to regain her independence and build a career as a nurse.
In Her Own Footsteps is written in novel form, but tells the true story of Flora Amelia Ross—a pioneer in the B.C. healthcare industry—and her struggle for identity and independence, to the extent surviving documents permit. It is B.C. history told through the eyes of a young Métis woman caught between two communities, and caught between two nations.
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