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About the Author
As an aspiring author (for the last six years) I am set apart from other authors in that I have served more than twenty years in the Correctional
System from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coasts. I tell you this, not as a matter of pride, but necessity. As a sucessful, published author(when that transpires) my past will be a thing that couldn't possibly stay hidden nor would I attempt to do so as it is actually the core from where my writing ability springs.
The subject matter of my writing is different in the way I present my stories (or Novels) to my faithful reading audience. I do my best to "involve" the reader to the point that it becomes easy for them to identify with my protagonists, indeed, to run the necessary gauntlets with them.
I have lived or experienced much of what I write about in one way ar another which extends to me the familiarity with the subject and the ability to relate the story realistically. I find no harm in inventing stories and plots within my stories to make them more interesting and peaking my readers interest to a page turning fury.
At the risk of "tooting my own horn" I will say I feel that I have a very powerful writing voice, unique in the presentation of the dispensation of my characters. My characters are very real and life like which makes them readily acceptable and liked or even loved which in turn places my readers into a very personal and powerful relatioinship, not only with my protagonists, but with the Novel or story in general.
Always, I make the effort to let you, my reading audience, "feel" the story rather than telling you about something that has happened to someone else. I have no desire to tell the whole story because with what I give you, you have the intelligence to figure out the rest for yourselves. This is not something I grant you by writing the book, but something you bring with you when you crack the cover on something I have written. In turn, this makes it possible for you to entertain yourself with the written word for hours on end.
Were it not for a certain English teacher (Ms. Carol Conrad, by name) on the teaching staff at Madison County High School during the troublesome 1960's, certainly I would not be approaching you with this or any other novel. English was my very worst subject, but Ms.Conrad, in her wisdom, assigned me books to read from which she extracted in depth reports so I could earn extra points on my final average. This spurred me on to an "A" average in English, but more than that, it instilled in me a love for the written word that has haunted me my entire life. Now, I am dying to share that love with you. I would be thrilled to think that my writing brings you as much pleasure in the reading as it brought me in the process of making it worthy of your attention.
Over a lifetime I have spent hundreds of thousands of hours reading thousands of books and short stories by an army of authors. Many of the authors of those books taught me in one way or another. Some taught me the way that I would like for my own work to read, many more the very opposite.
In the early seventies, I edited, printed and published the prison newspaper for the infamous institution, "Tobacco Road" in Augusta, Georgia
in Richmond County. Quite a bit of work, that. Unfortunately, decades passed before I ever took myself seriously as an author.
Sincerely, I hope that "The Dirt Roads of Madison County", "Road of Confusion" will be one of the books that you will be glad you took time to read in your lifetime. From me to you, "Thanks for taking the time to peruse this first novel of my career. Keep an eye out for Volume #2 "The Dirt Roads of Madison County", "Road of Destruction".
Jack L. Henderson