John M. Cunningham, Jr: Let’s Chat!


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Welcome, everyone

John CunninghamJohn M. Cunningham, Jr visits with us today. John is a Southern boy, professional writer, and former history teacher. He writes both nonfiction and historical fiction. His articles have appeared in numerous publications. He’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Gather ’round for a delightful chat with this intriguing author. John is offering a giveaway to someone who joins the chat below.

John M. Cunningham, Jr: Roots

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John’s Past

John Cunningham
I learned how to hunt and fish at an early age.

My family roots are deeply Southern, and I do mean Deep South. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama. Like many Southern boys, I learned how to hunt and fish at an early age. My older sister and my father were the real athletes in the family, my father an avid golfer and my sister a tennis player.

Because I possessed no athletic gifts, I developed a love for reading. Dreams of becoming a writer often entered my thoughts.

One Christmas my parents gave me a present that changed my life’s trajectory: The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. Pulitzer-prize winning historian Bruce Catton wrote its narrative, and it sparked my interest in that conflict which soon broadened into other historical eras.

Though I’ve never served in the military, I have a military background that’s helped me with my novels.

John’s Youth

On my way to school

In the late 1960s and early 70s, I attended high school at Marion Military Institute, an ROTC-sponsored military academy in Marion, Alabama. At the time, it had both a high school and a junior college. Though it has since discontinued its high school program, its junior college continues. Many graduates go on to a military career.

John Cunningham
Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Also during my high school years, I participated in the Naval Sea Cadet program sponsored by the Navy League of the United States. My father, a World War Two Navy veteran and dentist, served as our medical officer. This program gave me many wonderful experiences. I  spent two weeks at a Canadian Forces military base in Nova Scotia, two weeks at Navy boot camp in Orlando, Florida, went on a turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor aboard the USS Constitution, spent another two weeks on the training carrier USS Lexington (based in Pensacola, Florida), and even spent the day on patrol in the Gulf of Mexico aboard a Coast Guard cutter. Many a time, I’ve drawn on these memories when writing my historical novels.

John’s Professional Life

Upon graduation from the University of Alabama with a degree in history, I moved to the New Orleans area where I taught high school. Here, the Lord launched me into a professional writing career with my first published article, a devotional I sold to The Upper Room in 1983.

John Cunningham
Book Signing in Gretna, Louisiana

During my time in New Orleans, I taught a writing class, sold numerous articles to Christian magazines and Sunday school publications, and contributed to a men’s devotional series published by Broadman & Holman.

My devotional book, Reflections of a Southern Boy, was published in 2019 under the byline Jack Cunningham. My three Civil War novels are published under the byline John M. Cunningham, Jr. The third novel is a dog story set during the siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana (1863) titled Squire, A Mascot’s Tale.

John M. Cunningham, Jr: Present

Currently, I’m working on a novel set against the backdrop of Thoroughbred racing in antebellum Mobile. Horse racing was a huge sport in this era. I do not have a definite title for the book yet.

John’s Books

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What do kudzu, fiddler crabs, and an undeserved trophy have in common? They’re all part of Mister Cunningham’s experiences growing up in the Deep South. He compiles these stories and others into a series of devotionals and Bible studies. A few stories, though, just have a Southern theme. Some are humorous and others more serious, but all teach life lessons readers can apply to their own faith journeys. or  
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At the outbreak of the Civil War and against his wife Rachel’s pleadings, Captain Jesse Webb takes his beloved dog Squire to war as his regiment’s mascot. Will Squire survive his ordeal and find his way home while the Union army battles the Rebel garrison? John M. Cunningham, Jr.


Southern Sons ~ Dixie Daughters

John M. CunninghamA sweeping saga of the Civil War’s western naval campaigns, with a large cast of characters, Book 1 in the Southern Sons-Dixie Daughters series follows four Southern families living on the Gulf Coast—the Westcotts, the Jessups, the Soileaus, the indomitable and devout slave Danny who escapes bondage and finds service aboard a Union warship and his wife Nancy, cruelly whisked out of his life decades before the war. John M. Cunningham, Jr.


John M. CunninghamWhile Moxley Westcott flees to Mobile to escape arrest by the Union army his brother Ben, a critically wounded prisoner, hovers at death’s door. Their parents and their sister Annie return to their plantation upriver, unaware that danger lurks very near in the person of the evil Xavier Locke, who plans their demise.

This second installment of Southern Sons-Dixie Daughters continues the triumphs, conflicts, and tragedies of these four Southern families against the sweeping saga of the Civil War’s western naval campaigns. Who will live to see the end of the war? Who will die? And who will choose change rather than a hardened heart?  John M. Cunningham, Jr. 

John M. Cunningham, Jr: Links

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Dear Lord, please bless each word John M. Cunningham, Jr. writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

9 thoughts on “John M. Cunningham, Jr: Let’s Chat!

  1. My father loved the Navy. I get my love of the sea from him.

    1. Welcome to the Let’s Chat family, John.

      1. Thank you so much, Linda.

  2. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Looks like I need to put these on my wish list.

    1. Thanks, Leila! If you do, I sincerely hope you will enjoy them.

    2. Thanks for dropping by, Lucy. You’re an encourager. You name’s in the hat. Bless you.

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    I love Christian Fiction with a Southern flair. These look especially good. My hubby was in the Navy from 1968 for 6 years. I got to accompany him to Homestead, Florida, Portsmouth, Virginia and Guam.

    1. Hi, Paula. Great to see you in our circle. You encourage John and me both. Bless you.

    2. Thanks, Paula. I’ve always wanted to visit Guam and other islands in the South Pacific since that’s where my father served during World War Two.


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Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Pat Jeanne DavisPAT JEANNE DAVIS is our newest honored guest. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her British-born husband, John. They have two grown sons. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her husband. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Pat loves to hear from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter at

Pat Jeanne Davis has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She has a keen interest in twentieth-century American and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Pat Jeanne Davis’s father-in-law served in the British Eighth Army during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is her debut historical romance set in that era.

Pat is offering a print copy of When Valleys Bloom Again to one U.S. resident who joins the chat below.

When Valleys Bloom Again

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A Wartime Romance Set On Two Continents

 After fleeing impending war in England, nineteen-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, only to discover this conflict has no boundaries and that a rejected suitor is intent on destroying her name, fiancé, and fragile faith.

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

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How Writing Began for Pat Jeanne Davis

My desire to write for publication began when I became convinced I had a personal story to share that would encourage other women. This realization motivated me to enroll in a creative writing course. There I was introduced to the basic steps in the writing process. My essay on my experiences while struggling with infertility was critiqued in class.

“Continue to polish your piece and find a publication for it,” my writing instructor advised. So began my journey on the road toward publication.

Many times I reminded myself this writing experience was also part of my walk of faith and that, too, required patience, perseverance and prayer. This passage in God’s Word has been a favorite. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart…” (Psalm 37:4, NKJV).

My teacher suggested that I apply for a scholarship to the conference where she was on the board of directors. At the same time, I submitted the story I had worked on in her class to a national magazine for their Mother’s Day writing competition. I sent both the application for the scholarship and the story out in December. I didn’t think anymore about them.

A Blessed Surprise for Pat Jeanne

Five months later and just before Mother’s Day, I went for the first time to GRIT Magazine’s website. To my surprise jumping out at me on the front cover was my piece, Mommy to You Both. There was no mention of the contest or any winners. Two weeks later a check and five copies arrived in my mailbox. This success gave me much needed encouragement and a desire to continue submitting more of my work.

At the end of May I received word that I was awarded an all paid scholarship to the writer’s conference in June. So with renewed enthusiasm and much excitement I attended my first conference. I knew my instructor would be there too. As I was browsing through the free literature provided at this event, I saw a stack of GRIT Magazines. There on the table was the issue with my story. It was an exciting moment as I once more realized that I was not wasting my time trying to become a published writer. But more importantly I saw this as an indication that God was pleased with my efforts to encourage others with my words.

Eventually more of my work was accepted elsewhere. I began to use those clips when querying or submitting to other markets. Since then my essays, short stories and articles have been accepted by other publications.

Another Cherished Dream for Pat Jeanne Davis

Pat Jeanne Davis

But I had another cherished dream as yet unrealized. I wanted to write an inspirational historical novel—the story of my heart. This would take much longer and require a different set of skills.

After more than 10 years spent in learning how to write fiction, writing and then rewriting to improve my novel, and then searching for an agent and finally a publisher, eventually my inspirational World War II romance, When Valleys Bloom Again, released earlier this year. The days since then have been exciting, but at the same time overwhelming with promoting and marketing my debut novel.

Today, I’ve come to even more fully realize that I’m in sync with God’s perfect timing when I ask Him to direct my paths. And it’s never too late to realize your heart’s desire if you don’t abandon your dream.

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Lord, we offer praises to Your name, for You and You alone are good. Remind us of this when we don’t understand Your ways. Please bless each word Pat Jeanne Davis writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

28 thoughts on “Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

  1. Janice Laird

    Hi! Thanks for sharing the story of your road to publication as I am new to fiction, too, and am now drafting my second WW2 novel! Throughout, my characters go through the peaks and valleys of faith, like yours! Thank you for including me in your drawing.

    1. Nice to meet you here, Janice. Thank you for leaving your comment for me. All the best with your WW2 novel. Keep trusting in Him for the results of your hard work. His timing is perfect. You are in the drawing.

    2. Welcome, Janice. Great to hear from you and to enter you in the drawing.

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    I love stories about WWII . My father was in the China,Burma, India Theater. I remember him teaching us Indian words for different foods. He was a cook and drove a supply truck.

    1. Hi, Paula. I’m always happy to hear from historical fiction readers who love stories set in the WWII era. Your father had such an important job. He helped to move the troops through their bellies. You’re in the drawing too.

    2. Greetings, Paula. It’s wonderful to see you in our circle and to enter you in the drawing.

  3. Jane Squires

    Would love to win

    1. Thank you, Jane, for stopping in and leaving a comment for me. You’re in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

    2. Hi, Jane. You have my middle name 🙂 It’s great to see you in our circle. I hope you’ll come again.

  4. Vivian Furbay

    I like historical fiction and this sounds like a good one. My Dad was a navigator in planes and flew in WW2.

    1. Thank you, Vivian, for stopping by and leaving your comment for me. You’re entered in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

    2. Welcome, Vivian! Great to have you in our circle and to enter you in the drawing.

  5. Bev Knudsen

    I think this sounds like a very intriguing book. I would love to win a copy!!

    1. I appreciate your stopping in to Let’s Chat and leaving your comment, Bev. You too are entered in the drawing for a copy of my debut WWII inspirational romance. God bless.

    2. Hi, Bev. Great to see you among the guests. You’re entered in the drawing. Come again!

  6. Sandy Fuller

    I would love to read your book! World War II is my favorite genre of Christian fiction! Thank you for sharing your story of how you perservered with your writing! Your words are an encouragement for all of us to write our stories and memories to share with our family and friends.

    1. Thank you, Sandy, for leaving this message for me. Your words here have encouraged me today. Yes, continue to write your stories and memories. There are those who want and need to hear them. God bless you.

    2. Hi, Sandy. We’re happy to share the chat circle with you. I hope you’ll come again.

  7. Marybeth Pettitt

    Your book is my absolute favorite time in history and genre, and it is going on my list of must reads! I look forward to reading it!

    1. I so appreciate your stopping in and leaving your message for me, Marybeth. So many of us love stories set in the WWII era. I hope you will love the story of Abby and Jim. God bless.

    2. Welcome, Marybeth. We’re honored by your presence and remarks. Please come again.

  8. Thank you, Alicia, for stopping by Linda’s blog to chat. I appreciate your kind words on my debut WWII novel and the cover too. Many others as well have thought the cover beautiful. My publisher and her designer worked hard to satisfy me there. It was my pleasure to write this post. I’m delighted that you enjoyed hearing about my writing journey towards publication. God bless you too.

  9. Sounds like a terrific read. I love any book dealing with history. So glad you pursued your dream of writing.Upon reading about the British Eights in you comments, I immediately recalled when Linda Brooks Davis and I played clarinets in our school band. One of our favorite marches was British Eights. Already you triggered a historical memory for me. Keep up the great writing.

    1. Thank you, Jane, for stopping by to chat. I’m happy to know that something I said here sparked such a wonderful memory from the days when you and Linda played clarinets in the bank. God bless.

    2. Hi, Jane. It’s always wonderful to see you in our circle. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  10. Alicia Haney

    Hi, first of all your book sounds like a very good read and a very good page turner! I Love, love the cover, it is Beautiful! I enjoyed reading what the book is about and I truly enjoyed reading such an uplifting inspirational article from the author! Thank you so very much for this article . Have a Great rest of the week . God Bless you.

    1. Hi, Alicia. I left a reply earlier but don’t see that. So again I want to thank you for leaving your comment for me. I especially appreciate your kind words on the cover for When Valleys Bloom Again. I’m delighted you enjoyed the blog post and found it to be uplifting. God bless you also.

    2. Hi, Alicia. You’re one of the faithful followers of this blog. I’m glad you could get to know a bit about Pat Jeanne. You have encouraged both of us.


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