Facts and Fiction
In my Colonial Scout series, Trace Hanson is a seventeen-year-old scout who feels he will never prove himself to his father. Although he is brilliant, he lacks confidence and second-guesses every decision he makes. He grew up in a rural community on an untamed world and is no stranger to hard work.
Trace is the only child of a wealthy and influential landowner. His mother, a biologist, was lighthearted and loving and kept his brusque, domineering father in line. But when Trace was fourteen, his mother contracted Maramus Disease, a rare, disfiguring cancer.
While his father toured the galaxy on a fund-raising mission, Trace struggled to care for his mother. Watching her die was devastating. Worse, when his father returned home, he never spoke about her. Instead, he began hosting gala events designed to find Trace a suitable spouse.
At sixteen, Trace ran away from home and found a job as an off-loader for a galactic shipping firm. He hoped for excitement and adventure outside his predictable life on the farm. While on leave on a distant world, he stumbled across a man assaulting a girl in an alley and stepped in to save her. The man turned out to be a local politician who, trying to salvage his political career, claimed Trace had robbed him. The girl settled out of court and wouldn’t corroborate Trace’s story.
Trace was sent to a penal colony. When his father found out, he petitioned the courts to have him released on the grounds that he was underage. The courts pulled him out, but instead of remanding him to his father's care, they sent him to the Colonial Scouts to fulfill his sentence. Now he lives with the fear that unless he is an exemplary scout, he will be sent back to the colony.
You can read more of Trace's story in the Colonial Scout Adventures.