John and Mary Lou Missall are award-winning historians and writers whose primary work focuses on the Seminole Indian Wars. These were the longest, costliest, and deadliest of all the nation's wars against Native Americans and spanned a period of over forty years.
Their historical works include "The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict" from the University Press of Florida, "This Torn Land: Poetry of the Second Seminole War" from the Seminole Wars Foundation, "This Miserable Pride of a Soldier: The Letters and Journals of Col. William S. Foster in the Second Seminole War" from the Seminole Wars Foundation and the University of Tampa Press, and an Enhanced Edition of Woodburne Potter's classic "The War in Florida". They also have articles published in "The Encyclopedia of War and American Society."
Their works of fiction include "Elizabeth's War" a novel of the First Seminole War, and "Hollow Victory" a novel of the Second Seminole War, both from the Florida Historical Society Press. Both books have won the prestigious Patrick D. Smith Award for Florida Fiction from the Florida HIstorical Society.
John and Mary Lou are also co-authors of "Just Havin' Fun," the biography/memoirs of legendary oil well firefighter Boots Hansen. John has produced the first of three volumes retelling the stories of Shakespeare in prose, using the original text for the character's conversations.
Works in progress include a history of the Third Semiole War (co-authored with Dr. Joe Knetsch), a book on the life of Major John Rogers Vinton, and Volumes 2 & 3 of John's "An Ancient Tale New Told."
John has been a life-long student of history, studies Shakespeare, and has taught astronomy courses. Mary Lou has a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from California State University.
The couple lives in Ft. Myers, Florida. John and Mary Lou Missall are available for talks and book signings throughout the state and would be honored to speak to your group or organization. Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.