Gary Damron was born in a small Southern Illinois town located on the Ohio River. In 1966 he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Shortly after, he moved to Montreal, Canada, attended McGill University and taught high school for several years. He now resides and works as an Engineer in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has previously authored two children's books and now this historical/fictional work. After researching his own family genealogy back to 1652 in Northumberland County, Virginia, he decided to research his wife's family history. Having researched this lineage for several years and visiting Alma, Topeka, and Lawrence, Kansas, as well as Caspar, Wyoming, site of the Platte River Bridge, Millstadt, Illinois (original place of settlement in this country for the Hankammer Family), traipsing through various cemeteries, museums, and spending endless hours researching the archives, he discovered that the more he researched, the more intrigued he became. Concluding that he has discovered a family of true pioneers amongst the reams of notes, photographs, and written conversations. For this reason he authored "A New Life in America", for this is a story that must be told. This historical/fictional work about the Hankammer Family History speaks for itself.