I hinted previously that there could be a new book coming down the pike this year.
THERE IS! It’s one I’ve had quite a fun time with, as it really defies classification.
Here’s my best effort to label it –
- an illustrated, Young Adult, Western novella set in 1880s Appalachia rather than, well, the West.
- a coming-of-age story, with historical significance, as it centers upon a family caught in the disastrous, bloody French-Eversole Feud near Hazard, Kentucky.
With the current landscape of modern high school libraries shifting away from books involving shootouts, I was nervous to promote such a book for teen readers. However, the strong historical significance won out for me, to tell a story about this ‘not-so-famous’ Kentucky feud, which unlike the Hatfields & McCoys (happening due east of Perry County), spawned not from the greed over a hog, but something much more closely tied to every Appalachian – land, the coal within.
I look forward to sharing more details, as they develop, and I gladly welcome any of my more talented writing peers to offer to blurb for this book well in advance of its intended release, which is: 9.20.18.
Happy Easter Weekend to everyone!