Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

The Legend of Caroline Maben Flower

This spring, Reiner and I paid a visit to Caroline’s claims in Firstbrook Township. When it came to staking her properties, she made good decisions as far as location was concerned. The West Road was the main wagon track that connected her property to other transportation routes – the Montreal River to the west and the railroad line to the east. 

As for making good geological choices? Not so much. Her 40-acre allotments were what mining people call “moose pasture”. A nice way of saying swamp land with no redeeming commercial value. 

The eastern boundary of Caroline’s claim in Firstbrook. I like to think that her fingerprints are on this glacial erratic. The rock I mean. Not the intrepid researcher, left.

I’ve had a blast following in Madame Flower’s footsteps, either in person or virtually. Today, as I announce the news that the book has been published – YAY! – I realize that Caroline and I share another trait. Like the Lady Prospector, I am my own press agent.

After all, it’s the only way to get the news out if you self-publish and write for a niche market. But it’s tricky finding a balance between brag-y horn-blowing and the magical thinking “build it and they will come.”

But I wonder, did she ever feel the same hesitation that I do, to call attention to herself? I somehow doubt it, given the number of media releases she issued to papers in Ontario and New York.

But then, really, what do I know of her inner thought processes? She rarely divulged those kinds of details in her letters. The only hint that she felt anxious about anything is found in a note to her sister Annie. “She bemoaned the fact that she was not good at selling anything even though mining claims changed hands rapidly and at constantly rising prices.”

Of course, we’ll never know what she thought about this self-promotion business.Β 

What I do know is that my book has been published, and I invite you to visit White Mountain Publications, Cobalt’s book store or visit my Facebook Page dedicated to the story of Caroline Maben Flower, Lady Prospector of the Porcupine.

Also available as an e-book.Β 

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35 replies

  1. Yay for you, Maggie!! Congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations, Maggie. The book cover is outstanding. Caroline looks like an interesting & powerful woman. πŸ“šπŸŽΆ Christine

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  3. Congratulations, Maggie! Brava!!!!


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  4. I’d say this is quite a feather in your cap! Congratulations!!! Caroline Maben Flower sounds like an amazing woman ahead of her time.

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  5. Very impressive accomplishment. Congrats!

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  6. OMG but you are marvellous, Maggie Wilson !! – a SECOND book. I am discomfited.
    Not really – not one bit: just so happy for you to’ve been able to get stuck in to more of your local research, and with such a result !
    What’sβ€” no, who’s next ?

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  7. Good for you! Congratulations… that’s a huge achievement!

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  8. Kudos Maggie! Now here’s a thought…what if one day into the future someone pens a book about the amazing, adept and prolific writer Maggie Wilson, forever known to have passionately cataloged the lives of numerous historical figures in early Northern Ontario…

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  9. Congratulations again, Maggie. This is quite an accomplishment.

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  10. I echo everything already said! Congrats Maggie. I understand that self-promotion doesn’t come easily, but let your bright light shine!! πŸ™‚

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  11. Congratulations on your book. What an interesting character to learn and write about. I’m not good at self-promotion, but needs be and all that.

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  12. Felicitations and congratulations on the publication of your book. I hope that you feel the bravery that accompanies such an act of hopeful expectation. Regardless of outcome, you did what you set out to do and write the book you wanted to for so long. (I’m guessing a bit here, based on my own experiences of trying, but not quite as hard as you have done.) Kudos to all you’ve done!

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    • ❀ Thank you. It felt like I had been working on it for YEARS, but in fact it was just 15 months.
      I appreciate what you say about “outcomes” – many sales would be great, but really, the only important outcome is the fact I got the story written and out there.

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