After producing four books on home stereo systems and being published in science magazines from Popular Electronics to Science & Mechanics, David B. Weems turned his writing to history. Initially this may seem like an odd switch. But this was a case where the characters and the author have something in common.
Weems picked up his interest in the subject when a relative approached him about writing a family history. His research got sidetracked when he noticed how many of his own ancestors immigrated to North Carolina. Curious as to why so many Scots had chosen that particular colony as a place to settle, Weems focused his research on Scottish and North Carolina history. This introduced him to historical records that showed that many of the Scots in the Carolinas were originally indentured servants. He put aside his genealogical research, trading it for writing his first children's novel.
Part of the change that would occur in Weems' writing is the new audience for his books. However, Weems is quite comfortable writing for children. A former high school science teacher, he felt his book would have the most significant impact if geared to younger readers.
Now in retirement in his homeland of the Ozarks, Weems continues to probe his family's history in the hopes of locating other relatives in Scotland. He feels fairly sure that the fictitious James Gour, or anyone in his predicament, is not in his family tree. But then again, only research will tell.
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