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Mark Twain once wrote, "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." He was so, so right. Much of the fiction that I write, especially the most shockingly unbelievable parts, is sadly non-fictional. And, while I can't claim to be in the same muckraker league as Upton Sinclair, I aspire to be.
Why? How about these three quotes:
Edmund Burke -- "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Confucius -- "To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle."
Noel Coward -- "It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
Yeah, I admit that I have a bit of anti-establishmentarianism in me despite my conservative nature and my wish to remain in quiet anonymity.
As for my writing career, I've written a lot of public domain documents, so I can convey information/a story. But, writing fiction truly was a life's goal, #10 on my bucket list in fact.
I began writing the first novel in A Hollywood Legend Trilogy in 2009 as a cathartic release of sorts. Four years later, and two more books and numerous revisions, I am finally publishing the series. Yippee!
It is going to be tough to leave behind the characters from this series, as I have grown very attached to them. But a new chapter of my life is now beginning, which involves tackling some seriously inexcusable injustices in our country today along with a lot of unpaid volunteerism. But, it will be a labor of love.
I hope that I can depend on the readership of the Smashwords community to support my vision through the purchase of my books, as 50-100% of the royalties from A Hollywood Legend (depending on which book) are donated to charities supporting the less fortunate.
And, my future novels (two already in the works) will likewise earmark 50% at least to charity. And, I challenge my fellow indie authors to consider doing the same. Double your price and give half away to charity ... simple as that.
Great fiction mimics the truth in ways that make us question our ideologies and reach beyond ourselves. Writing this series of books has changed my life. As a reader of the Hollywood Legend Trilogy, I hope you experience the same.
See you in the trenches ...
Jessica Rachel Mullaney