In my travels, I developed an interest in the collision between cultures when Europeans ventured out to the rest of the world. Before turning to fiction, I cut my teeth writing dramatized histories of Europeans in Asia. Here are two tales from several years ago, and a similarly themed piece on Dutchmen meeting the Indians of the Hudson Valley.
Broken Chain: How the Dutch, the Mohicans and the Mohawks Remembered Early Encounters on the Hudson
The Company's Reward: The brilliant career and dramatic fall of Justus Schouten, a Dutchman in Siam, 1620-1636.
Twilight at Ava: A British Diplomat and a Burmese King face off in 1855.
Sex and the City - The Early Years: In this bawdy look at Dutch Manhattan, meet New York's first woman on the prowl and many more of the libertine characters who called New Amsterdam home.
The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan Reviews
"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages ... Readers are guaranteed a genuine adventure that will evoke the full range of human emotions. Once begun, they can expect to experience that rare difficulty in putting down a book before they have finished."
-- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York, Summer 2009
"Bill Greer has deftly blended fact and fiction in his humorous tale The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan. ... The characters are rowdy, raunchy, loveable, and sometimes despicable, but thoroughly believable. ... This is a thoroughly delightful story that brings the Dutch colonies to life."
-- Historical Novels Review Online, August 2009