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Thomas Ott - Saturday & The Witch Woman
This historical fiction is based on a true story and extensive research. Saturday was taken captive in Nigeria in 1767, brought to Saint-Domingue, secretly gained an education, and became the personal attendant to my grandmother. When the Haitian Revolution exploded in 1791, he was unable to save Grandmother Catherine but took her two boys to Charleston where he raised them as his own children. Later he got caught up in the Vesey Conspiracy and fled to Cuba where he gained his freedom. Through the roller-coaster that was his life he held on to his love for a voodoo priestess, known generally as The Witch Woman. You’ll laugh and cry at his incredible will to survive and become a free man.
available on On Amazon!, BAM, and Barnes & Noble

Lewis McIntyre
- The Eagle and the Dragon 
A fictional account of the first Roman diplomatic mission to China, based loosely on an actual Roman mission to China in 166AD, in which the emperors already knew each other by name... so obviously not the first. That first mission is lost to history, but my fictional account adheres closely to the historical facts.... and like most first missions, nothing goes right! 

Take an epic journey by sea and land through all the major empires of Eurasia at the dawn of the Second Century AD. There is action, adventure, skullduggery, pirates, three love stories... and oh, yes, camels! Don't forget the camels! 
On Amazon!

Tonya Price
I am very excited that Fiction River just released their anthology Hard Choices. My thriller short story, Payback is in the anthology.
On Amazon!

Mike KerrThe Legman
Micky Mulvihill, a journeyman reporter, follows a tip on a dangerous real estate scam. He is pulled into a national incident and politically sensitive homicide that the city wants to bury as an accident. Teaming up with Olivia Moore, an artist and academic, they seek answers amid growing fears of a predator whose horrific past is tied deep into the city's dark history.
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Writing What You Don't Believe

 

By David Corbett
Posted on 8/21/2019





No, this isn’t about writing dishonestly. Quite the contrary.

I’m returning to a topic I’ve touched on before, but with a different slant this time around. Please bear with me.

We live in an era of such extreme social and political division that if often seems tensions cannot resolve without matters coming to blows—or blood. The increasing number of mass shootings underscores this point, as does online acrimony and the testimony of virtually every retiring senator, regardless of party, that something is broken in our current political culture.

Writers are not in the division biz. We’re in the understanding biz. Every book in some sense attempts to address a truth that the writer felt was previously overlooked, undervalued, or misunderstood.

Truth, though, is a tricky critter. It conjures analogies to greased pigs and invisible songbirds.

Let me lay my cards on the table: I do not believe truth exists objectively, like this desk in front of me or the moon. I’m schooled in this position by a long line of American Pragmatists, most notably William James, John Dewey, and Richard Rorty.

James famously said, “What’s true is what works,” and earned the eternal scorn of European philosophers whose belief in truth was very much grounded in Platonic and Kantian idealism and mathematical certainty.

But James’s point was really quite profound. He was implicitly asking: How do we know something is true? And his response was: When we use it, we tend to be more successful than not.

So when I say a book—and for our purposes here, I mean a work of fiction—attempts to address a truth previously overlooked, undervalued, or misunderstood, what I mean is that the writer, in posing the crucial story question, What if…? in some way hopes to show that certain ways of acting in the world—whether believed to be conventionally “right” or “wrong”— achieve their desired ends or don’t.


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