Author Richard W. Ellison Fictionalizes the True-Life Experiences of a Family Friend in New Trilogy

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‘Monmouth in the Morning’: An epic tale of challenge, triumph

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It is an interesting story in a different time and place, revealing the hopes and dreams of a family at the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution

Inspired by the real-life events of one family, author Richard W. Ellison immortalizes their experiences in his new trilogy. The first installment, “Monmouth in the Morning: Book 1—A Gannon Family Trilogy” (published by iUniverse), introduces readers to the Gannon family and follows their adventures from 1913-1915.

“Monmouth in the Morning” is a classic American saga, following the Gannon family as they move from Monmouth, Ill., to South Dakota on the Brule River. Parents Tom and Helen are joined by their three children: John, 13; Sallie, 10 and 8-year-old Betty Jean. Family friends include a local teacher, the mayor, bank owner, grocer and doctor. John befriends a Native American, Blue Eagle, and learns about his new friend’s lifestyle as the two cope with the tension that still existed between whites and Native Americans at the time.

“It is an interesting story in a different time and place,” Ellison says of his book, “revealing the hopes and dreams of a family at the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution … a success story, a saga, not without its problems, where people achieve more than they imagined possible.”

“Monmouth in the Morning”
By Richard W. Ellison
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 396 pages | ISBN 9781475956184
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 396 pages | ISBN 9781475956177
E-Book | 396 pages | ISBN 9781475956191
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard W. Ellison was born in northeast Texas and earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce. He also studied creative fiction writing at New York University and served in the Navy and Air Force. He resides in Texas and is at work on the next two books in his Gannon Family trilogy.

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