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Thank you for the unexpected amount of success my books have attained...I thought people would read them, but the degree of acceptance is gratifying.
I write from an island of clay in the sandpine country of North Carolina. I woke from a dream one night with the story of Twin Beeches fighting to get out of my fingers and into the computer screen. Rural Justice, the fight against the deprivations of strip mining, is based on the experience of many people who found their lives uprooted by the monstrous shovels, trucks and loaders needed to fuel our ever expanding electrical appetite.
My memories of all those people and institutions of my youth who made up the matrix of rich and poor, young and old, ambitious and idle, pious and hell-raising....all are used to create startlingly true to life characters.
Adding my imagination, I created stories worthy of the players, ones I hope will leave you moved and wanting to know if there is still a quiet town named Woodland you can visit, sit in the park and try to beat the world's best checker players, or try your hand at finding the spot where Fay Rawley and his Cadillac are truly hidden.
May you, too, be blessed with a background to which you can hearken back when you need to think how far we have come, and whether we've really made progress.
Your comments, positive or not, are appreciated and very much anticipated, except those of trolls like Stan Smith, otherwise known as 'Baccus', who is an immature p.o.s. who is 'punishing' me for disagreeing with him in a writer's forum.
on Nov. 06, 2013 :
Pure schmaltz combined with vicious brutality and long lectures giving the author's opinions. The good-old-boys versus ruthless tycoon plot is laden with stereotypes and clichés. I really didn't care who won or lost, and didn't stick around to find out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)