Read Now: Stayed on Freedom’s Call, then: my WiP

Read my most recently published book, free for an honest review, Now: Stayed on Freedom’s Call: Black-Jewish DC, with walking tours!

And THEN:

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 novel cycle trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Tagline:

  “Forever is a very long time.”

Logline:

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.