Michael Don Fess

Biography

Michael Don Fess, fresh from a varied career, seeks to stimulate thought outside the arena of commonly accepted “facts.” He uses his degree in physics, his Christian upbringing, and his inquisitive mind to challenge you and to seek today’s “truth.” Always an innovator, he constantly found new and better ways to accomplish tasks and to open new doors. He never accepted that tired, trite expression, “It is done this way because that is the way we have always done it.”
He wrote this book to make a contribution to the education of the existing younger generations and to prod future generations to think instead of blindly following their parent’s path. Recognizing that much of today’s philosophical teachings are based on ancient conclusions made by men with limited knowledge, he explores new conclusions based on more recent discoveries.
As an accomplished musician who prefers the more creative “Dixieland” style and a regional Hall of Fame Sculptor who crafts “suggestive” shapes, he penned this unusual approach for sharing his thoughts.
Born in Haynesville, Louisiana, the eldest of six children, he married in college and raised four children who have produced fourteen wonderful grandchildren. Growing up in Magnolia, Arkansas, he developed skills as president of his high school fraternity for two years and made All-state band two years which resulted in a music scholarship for college.
An engineering major for three years at Southern Arkansas University, he had to switch to physics in order to graduate from Centenary College when he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana.
He had a bicycle paper route at age nine and worked for his father, an electrical contractor, during high school. He was employed as a junior engineer for an electric power company while attending night school at Centenary. Upon graduation, he pursued a sales engineering career until he discovered the potential and the creative opportunities in developing real estate, a career that lasted over thirty five years in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Upon retirement, he formed the Red River Sculpture Society with seven other artists and still creates his unique art. Hobbies include tennis, website development, A Capella harmony, writing and arranging songs, and creative gardening.
He and his wife have celebrated fifty five years of marriage and now live in Little Rock, Arkansas. After becoming a Master Gardener, he has served as Chairman of the Central Arkansas Horticultural Society and has been a speaker at Flower & Garden Shows.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Back in the early 1990s, I realized that unique experiences in my early years as a sales engineer, could be fictionalized as an interesting story. Being an optimist, I plunged in, not realizing that I didn't know how to write a novel.
After several drafts, and much research on "how to write, I finally finished "Politics . . . Louisiana Style."
What was your best review?
Just finished reading The Cruising Black Widow! What a kicker ending!
Sure hope they make a movie out of these! If not a movie - how about a TV series??
Really think the cruising should continue with some of these interesting characters!
Not ready to disembark! Joan M - South Texas
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Where to find Michael Don Fess online


Where to buy in print


Books

A Dance With Carlos
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 68,630. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
The third novel in a trilogy, "A Dance With Carlos" highlights an amazing insurance scam against the backdrop of the New Orleans Mafia boss returning from exile with vengeance on his mind. Inspired by real people and real events, the novel documents exciting assassination attempts.
Dancing With The Mafia
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 72,560. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
A sequel to "A Political Dance," this novel explores the influence exerted by the Mafia on Louisiana elections. A young Assistant Attorney General risks his life to expose corrupt practices with state leases and stumbles onto a much bigger scam. All of this against the backdrop of the Civil Rights unrest.
A Political Dance
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 86,130. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Book One of a Trilogy, "A Political Dance" is a fictional account of a young man struggling against established political corruption. This novel tries to expose some methods used to accomplish those deeds. The characters are fiction, but were inspired by real people in Louisiana history. The series of events depicted are pure fiction, all leading up to the political Bar-B-Que.
The Secret DNA Code
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 62,640. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Graduate students try to decode the history of the universe they think is encoded in our DNA. Fanatic fundamentalists learn of the project and try to stop them at any cost. The mystery, propelled by a foreign embassy, deepens as the FBI and the NSA become involved in trying to protect the researchers. A hired assassin keeps the action going fast and furious.
A Petit Jean Mystery
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Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Imagine going to a state park for a weekend to camp out and the weather changes. Snow covers everything with a six inch blanket while law officers are trying to catch a murderer before he kills again. Would you get involved to attempt to learn why this killer is guarding a sector of the park, especially since he shot at you?
Her Two Week Cruise
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 64,570. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Gunshots in the middle of the night precipitates a "get outta town" two week cruise. It's amazing what can happen in two weeks.
Mystery on Elbow Cay
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Series: Caribbean Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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A Bahamian lobster fisherman discovers a mystery hidden by the Nazis near the end of WWII and people began to be murdered. Why are they so desperate to preserve this secret? Did the Nazis really did get help from aliens when they made such phenomenal progress in the years during Hitler’s rise to power?
The Cruising Black Widow
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Series: Caribbean Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 61,020. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
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When Burt Holmes sold his business for $1.4 million, he decided to borrow some ideas from the cruising serial killer. Kinky sex and larcenous intrigue stimulate much action in the Caribbean until one of the murderers matches wits with the cruising Black Widow. She is definitely one of a kind as she traps victims in her web . . . an unforgettable character.
The Not-So-Little Rock
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Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 59,330. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Erotic play drives this novel of intrigue, murder, and politics as a billionaire reveals his humble beginnings with the discovery of a not-so-little rock in Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds. Rich in history, the story includes the state’s financial difficulties during the depression and North Little Rock’s famous “Old Mill,” featured in the opening scene of “Gone With The Wind.”
Do We Reycle Life
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After death, do we become energy parcels roaming the Cosmos? Do we learn the secrets of the universe? Do we find answers to the age-old questions: Where do we come from, why are we here, and what happens to when we die? Do we recycle life is a surprising theory.
It's About Time
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Astronomy
An interesting dissertation on TIME. Have you ever wondered if time is different on other planets? Why are there twenty four hours in a day?
Gambler's Creative Scams
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 69,420. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Several fictitious poker tournament scams challenge the authorities and are intertwined with a fictitious corporate scam where various people are skimming money from slot machine owners. Not surprisingly, the mob figures into much of the action in this fast moving account that lasts a little over two weeks. The devious nature of these scams produces surprising results.
The Cruising Serial Killer
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Series: Caribbean Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 75,900. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Forman Blocker is a serial killer who preys on cruise ship passengers, assumes their identity, and enjoys their assets as he island-hops around the Caribbean. Imagine the shock if your grown son or your brother went on a Caribbean cruise and never returned. Can an iPad become the key to the mystery?
What Do We Do With What We've Learned?
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Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 52,850. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » General reference » Questions & answers
Second Edition - The purpose of the documentations contained in this book is not to discourage the pursuit of answers to man’s search for “Where did we come from, why are we here, or where do we go when we die.” Neither is the purpose to bash religion. It is simply to explore how religion has been misused and abused down through the centuries. Religion is still being perverted today.

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