I'm a Connecticut Yankee by birth, but my family decamped for the South when I was very young. I can't claim to be Rocky Mount, North Carolina's most famous literary son—that distinction goes to Allan Gurganus who was born there, but I did spend six years among the tobacco and peanut fields before my family moved back north, to Massachusetts, where I quickly lost most of my southern accent though not a budding interest in Civil War history. Sometime before a subsequent move to Delmar, New York, a suburb of Albany, I wrote my first short story--in which Robert E. Lee won the battle of Gettysburg.
For a kid who knew early on he wanted to write books, Delmar was a great place, with a library a few blocks away from our home and supportive teachers, including one who, unbeknownst to me, submitted a class assignment to the annual high school creative writing magazine contest. At the awards assembly for the entire school there was considerable confusion on the podium—and for me as well in the audience—about whether it was Brian or Bruce Fergusson who won 2nd place laurels, since the former (no relation) was the editor of the school newspaper and the latter a (presumably) knuckle-dragging football jock.
College professors had the burden of only one Fergusson and Wesleyan being what it is, a couple allowed me to write fiction in lieu of term papers. I later expanded one such novella into my first (and, thankfully, unpublished) novel: The Moons of Mooring. I took a junior-year semester off to study in Ireland, where I played rugby, wrote more stories, marveled at the splendor of the Aran Isles and Dun Aengus and what a few pints of pub Guinness will do for student participation in a class of Yeats' poetry.
My first jobs out of Wesleyan came as a sports writer and reporter for the Hartford (CT) Times, and then an unfortunate stint with an advertising agency which ended with in situ moonlighting on a television series presentation about my newspaper experiences that made it to Hollywood, all right, but not in the way I wanted. (Writers, keep your seat-belts fastened—Part 1).
Among the reasons for moving to Seattle was the hope that rain might prove conducive to furthering my (mostly) indoor dream of writing novels, so long as I wasn't distracted by a 'real job.'
Considering all the fastballs, change-ups and curves that come with the game, I consider myself lucky to still be working the count.
Two novels in my Six Kingdoms fantasy series—The Shadow of His Wings and The Mace of Souls—were nominated for Nebulas and the former was a finalist for the Crawford Award for best first novel.
A psychological suspense novel, The Piper's Sons, made the USA Today and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists, and was nominated for best novel by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association. It also happened to be at the center of a controversy involving my agent at the time, who was later disbarred from the AAR for malfeasance. (Writers, keep your seat-belts fastened—Part 2).
I've also written three other novels: Morgan's Mill, which weaves history of the Civil War and Underground Railroad into a narrative of contemporary suspense; and Two Graves for Michael Furey, a literary thriller. Most recently I finished Pass on the Cup of Dreams, the third book in the Six Kingdoms series, and am currently working on the fourth. Beginning with Morgan’s Mill, all of my novels to date will soon be available.
I currently live in Edmonds, Washington, with my wife, Angelica. I hope that since one of my sons wants to go into law enforcement and the other is a law school graduate, I've finally got my bases covered.
I admire people (apologies to Rafael Sabatini and the opening line of Scaramouche) who can laugh while knowing full well it's crazy out there, which is something I'm still working on.
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The Mace of Souls
by Bruce Fergusson
Approx. 120,620 words.
Published on August 7, 2013.
Wealthy, high-born Amala Damarr was supposed to be the means for Falca Breks—a roughneck, thief, and extortionist—to fulfill his long-held dream of escaping the decaying port city of his birth. But leaving the dismal, dangerous streets and alleys of Draica included a price he never thought existed: two souls worth saving...and Falca Breks was about to discover that one of them was his own.
The Shadow of His Wings
by Bruce Fergusson
Approx. 107,660 words.
Published on March 9, 2013.
In The Shadow of His Wings, a miner’s son, Lukan Barra, joins forces with the beautiful and unpredictable Rui Ravenstone, his brother’s former lover, in an attempt to be the first to reach the lair of the Erseiyr, the god and monster whose great wings shadow the future of the land, and whose fate becomes linked with Lukan’s in a strange and wonderful bonding. First book in the Six Kingdoms series.
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