After a 20 year military career and another 20+ years in the defense industry, I’ve finally settled down in beautiful southern middle Tennessee. A true Southerner, I grew up in Mississippi, I live in Tennessee, and I work (yes, still have the day job) in Alabama.
I’ve spent most of my lifetime writing, but always for others. In the Army, it was position papers, regulations and procedurals. In industry it was grants and contract proposals – hardly the stuff of fiction and fame. Finally, my lovely wife Wendy told me that I needed to share some of the stories she hears all the time, and that I needed to write the novels I plot out for her benefit all the time – in other words (no pun intended) all those things I’ve kept bottled up in the cobweb section of my brain. Ever the dutiful husband, I wrote and published Justice as an ebook in 2012. After revisions and corrections of those nasty errors that creep in when one acts as his own proofreader, I made Justice available through Amazon. In 2014 I followed with The Pres, just in time for the 2016 election cycle. True to my southern roots, look for Bobbie Sue Brantley, a Southern Gothic novel in the fall of 2015, and Little Lost Boy, the story of a barefoot boy of the 1950s following closely behind.
If you are already tired of Democrats and Republicans chasing headlines and wooing voters, you owe it to yourselves to read this fictional alternative campaign!
Be careful what you say among friends. One man's rant can quickly get out of control. John Keyes' claim that he could do better than those elected to the highest office has results he never anticipated.
As many Americans do, John regularly ranted against the way the government was being run. He never imagined that his complaints, once publicly aired, would resonate so deeply with his fellow countrymen. Then a friend’s online petition to draft him went viral.
Assuming interest in his unplanned and reluctant “candidacy” would fade by the next day’s headline, John and his wife are utterly stunned to see his popularity skyrocket with each interview he gives.
While the candidates for both major political parties attempt to ignore John out of existence, they soon find themselves sharing poll numbers with him.
As his message for change continues to resonate and money keeps pouring in, it remains to be seen whether his popularity will actually translate into votes. But with Election Day drawing near, the whole country wonders: Is it really possible for an Everyman to become president?
Is vigilante justice still justice? After 40 years of watching the worst sex offenders in the nation go free after serving minimal sentences, the FBI Sex Crimes Division Chief has had enough. He sets in motion final justice for the most heinous offenders. His successors continue his legacy scheme, designating targets from their 400+ person list of the very worst. When the Agency forms a two-person task force with the mission of ferreting out why the death rate has suddenly spiked for this group, the new co-division chiefs find themselves operating on both sides of the system as well as both sides of the law.
A deadly cat and mouse game between the FBI and a pair of retired operatives from a covert three-letter government organization eventually pits the FBI against itself, as the task force attempts to solve murders that most consider Justice, and most believe that the only losers are the worst criminals in the nation.
Bobbie Sue Brantley
Coming in Late Fall 2015
Baby Boomers will recognize many of the characters in Bobbie Sue Brantley, at least you will if you remember "Ode to Billy Joe", Bobbie Gentry's #1 hit from the mid-60's. Here, at last, is what really happened. Many of you grew up with Bobbie Sue's parents, the invisible dividing line between social classes, and too large a percentage of "nice young preachers" like Brother Taylor. Scandalous? Yes. Did you know some of these people? If you lived in the South, yes. Enjoy.
Little Lost Boy
Due Out Late Fall, 2015
Little Lost Boy is a collection of first-person essays/stories of my early years growing up in rural 1950’s southern Mississippi. During that decade my family progressed in stages from a three-room house with no electricity or running water to ownership of a small country store, selling sundries and fish bait.
While I have no illusions that my early childhood was unique or earth-changing, I believe that the stories, told with bits of humor and sincerity, have value as a part of the cultural heritage of rural America, as told from the point of view of a young (less than 10 years old) native son. The essays are non-fiction, although honesty compels me to admit that on occasion the truth may be slightly bent, not broken. Even though I don’t subscribe to the belief that the truth should never stand in the way of a good story, slight exaggerations tend to creep in here and there. Enjoy it , and compare it with your own memories.