The Great Clay Belt rich in red ochre

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One ghost town after another appeared. How had all these villages come to nothing? .It seemed the world had come to an end. The only signs of life bore pictographs of braves in canoes on cave walls, and once, painted on a rock, an impressive Thunderbird above a herd of bison.

A scene from the newly published novel, the long shot: a French Canadian saga – book 1


Joyce Derenas is a historical fiction author who writes stories based on the real lives of her French-Canadian ancestors of the Beauce Valley in Quebec.