My Historical Fiction, Published, and In Progress: Ann & Anna, vs. Who By Fire

All of my publications, workshops, and even song events, listed together in a rather long list that is first summarized in a grid, can be found here.

My published historical fiction is a serial short story called Ann & Anna, posting each Sunday.

Parts 22 (Prequel Concluded), 21 (River), 20 (Into The Night), 19 (Peculiar Gifts), 18 (Mouth of Babes), 17 (Testing), 16 (Power), 15 (Knowledge), 14 (Words), 13 (Interruptions), 12 (Gifts), 11 (Punishment?), 10 (Warmth), 9 (Found), 8 (Lost), 7 (Rock), 6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) of the series in which two women #escape bondage, have posted on previous Sundays…

A nearly historical practice novel, Hubris and Hemlock, set in the early 1990’s, deals with Black-Jewish conversion and identity, among other empathy-related issues.

Another empathy-building short story (not historical) in line with Project Do Better is But by the Grace

My current historical fiction WiP, working title Who By Fire (I got side-tracked in March ’21 by Project Do Better…):

I began writing this historical portal fantasy novel in June, 2020, when certain characters would not let me alone, and my ancestors seemed to demand that I write.

23 September, 12020: was there a public library in 1838 Baltimore, and could Jewish or Colored people use it?
Working in a way to reference a classic, like the 1001 Nights, which would have been known in 1838…
Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

My current Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP


  “Forever is a very long time.”


To save his son, a desperate escaped slave must make a choice, but the price is eternally high.

The hero (aka the Protagonist) is an escaped slave, who dreams of buying his wife Lucy’s freedom and moving North with her and their son.

His particular friend is a Free Person of Color, one of the main characters, devoutly Christian, who teaches at night, and dreams of visiting Damascus as part of his Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, before he dies.

Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color, like our hero’s particular teaching friend, and with slaves.

Next planned novel:

Working title might be “Concussions and Conversions: a family’s journey from triumph to tragedy in Oklahoma” … based on the story of my gr gr grandfather Wayne Anthony Manzilla, and how his murder affected his wife, mother, siblings and 5 children, down through right to my generation.

I look forward to your thoughts.


Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.


Click here to read, if you like:

Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

or Holistic High School Lessons,

or Historical Fiction Serial Stories


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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


10 thoughts on “My Historical Fiction, Published, and In Progress: Ann & Anna, vs. Who By Fire

  1. I’m still dying to get back to active work on Who By Fire, even as I realize that Ann&Anna is actually becoming more of a serial novella or novel, than just a short story. It’s taking up far more attention of mine than I’d expected, but given the feedback I’m getting, it is worth it: I am learning my craft, apparently. I will need every bit of that learning and feedback, Thoughtful Readers, to get Who By Fire right. Thank you for struggling by my side, as we become Siblings In Arms for Justice, my friends.

    In Service for Peace,
    Shira Destinie Jones

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