I have had the good fortune during my career as an architect to travel and experience different cultures and environs. Working on large-scale projects in such places as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and England has not only been satisfying from a creative standpoint but has also allowed me to take away impressions that last a lifetime. Some of those impressions eventually became the seeds of my new novel.
Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana
Master's degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York.
While at Columbia I was fortunate enough to receive a summer scholarship to travel and study throughout Europe. Writing a report on this trip in addition to my Master's thesis in Urban Planning confirmed my deep-seated interest in writing. While working for the Mayor's Office of Lower Manhattan Development in New York I published a book, To Preserve a Heritage—a book on landmarks in Lower Manhattan. By that time the motivation to research and to write—particularly historical pieces—was in my blood.
My original research began some twelve years ago, but several hiatuses caused an interruption in my writing—specifically, creating audio walking tours for the Financial District in San Francisco and artwork (etchings) for five of those years. Most recently I have participated in writers' workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked with an editor on my book for the past year-and-a-half. My book, Shu Wei's Revenge, was a Semi-finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. More detail can be found on my web site at https://jacksonfahnestock.com.
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Shu Wei's Revenge
by Jackson Fahnestock
In his role as Town Scribe in 1898, seventeen-year-old Shu Wei inadvertently causes his family to have to leave their village in China. They emigrate to San Francisco’s Chinatown, where intrigue, mystery, and tension follow as he tries to assimilate into a hostile world, battling a tong's evil forces. He uses the vehicle of a local Chinese-American newspaper, to attempt to restore his dignity.
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