Excerpt // Caldwell’s Homestead by Millie Copper
Jake Caldwell: 51-year-old Jake is six foot tall and has hazel eyes and a dimple on his left cheek. A bachelor until age thirty-seven, he married Mollie and suddenly became a dad to four girls. A couple of years later they added a son. Jake juggles work, a farm, and family life—sometimes it’s a struggle. He loves being outdoors, especially when he’s hiking, hunting, or fishing.
Mollie Caldwell: 50-year-old Mollie has a petite figure, green eyes, and dark brown hair cut short in a pixie style. She enjoys backpacking, homemaking, and shooting–and she collects holsters like most women collect jewelry. Mollie is Jake’s wife and mom to Sarah, Angela, Calley, Katie, and Malcolm. With a full-time work-from-home job, homeschooling, and their small farm, she keeps busy. A few times a year she works out of state for a week. This is one of those weeks.
Malcolm Caldwell: Malcolm is Jake and Mollie’s youngest child and is the only kid still living at home. He’s almost eleven and is Jake’s right-hand man. Malcolm looks like a younger version of Jake, with the same hair and a dimple on his left cheek, although he is short for his age and has Mollie’s green eyes. Malcolm loves anything NINJAGO or sword related.
Sarah Garrett: Sarah is Mollie’s oldest child. She has brown eyes, stick-straight brown hair, and is always dressed to impress in her 50s-era fashion style. Sarah is a big fan of recycling and helping the environment, and she chooses to “vote with her dollars” by only shopping at certain stores. She is married to Tate, and they recently moved from Oregon to Billings, Montana.
Tate Garrett: Tate is married to Sarah. Unlike Sarah, he prefers to dress casually, usually in sweats and a T-shirt. He’s a few inches shorter than six feet and keeps his hair and beard trimmed short and neat. Tate is a couple of years older than Sarah, and he loves to hug everyone. His parents, Keith and Lois, and his sister, Karen, are visiting from Oklahoma, where he grew up.
Alvin and Dodie Caldwell: Jake’s parents, Alvin and Dodie, have been married for 56 years and live in the nearby town of Prospect. They are both in their seventies and are fiercely independent. They enjoy a simple life, with daily walks and spending as much time outdoors as possible–usually fishing or hunting. Alvin has a full head of mostly gray hair, big bushy eyebrows, and brown eyes. He’s sharp as a tack and keeps everyone on their toes. Dodie is on the shy side, and while she doesn’t talk that often, she does offer friendly smiles to those she knows. She keeps her fully gray, waist-length hair pulled up in a loose bun, and her skin still maintains much of its rosy glow from her youth.Doris and Evan Snyder: The Snyders are neighbors and good friends of the Caldwells. Evan is a retired deputy sheriff, having been part of the county’s Specialized Services Division. He’s slightly shorter than Doris, with a solid, sturdy stature, and is never without his sidearm. Doris is retired from both the Navy and a government job. She insists she wasn’t a spy or anything, but she doesn’t talk about the work she used to do. She’s tall, around 5’9”, with blond hair and an athletic build. They are enjoying their retirement by running a gun training school and living the country life.
Millie Copper was born in Nebraska but never lived there. Her parents fully embraced wanderlust and moved around a lot, giving her an advantage of being from nowhere and everywhere.
As an adult, Millie is fully rooted in a solar-powered home in the wilds of Wyoming with her husband and young son, while four adult daughters are grown and living on their own. Since 2009, Millie has written articles on traditional foods, alternative health, and preparedness—many times all within the same piece.
Millie has penned three nonfiction, traditional food focused books, sharing how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Her food storage book, Stock the Real Food Pantry, was the number one new Amazon Kindle release in its genre when it debuted in January of 2019.
The Havoc in Wyoming series is her first foray into writing fiction, using her homesteading, off-the-grid, and preparedness lifestyle as a guide. While this is her first time putting a story into print, the stories have been rattling around in her head for years. What a relief to finally let the stories out!
A native of Tennessee, Angela trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and specializes in accents and character voices. She has worked in film, theater, and voice-overs, and is conversant in French. Proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.
Nick has been recording audiobooks since 1994 (starting on reel-to-reel) and has been listening to them even longer. He has narrated nearly five hundred titles in almost every genre.
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