Category Archives: Twisted Road Writers

Writing “Timely” Fiction: Reflections from the Author

When I first set out to write Acts of Assumption, back in 2014, I had no intention of producing something “timely.”  I had no plan to provide what one Haitian friend called “a much-needed, eye-opening and affectionate introduction to three ‘outsider’ cultures—Jewish, Latina and gay—that are so often misjudged in this country.”

My idea was simply to write a short story about a fervently-Orthodox little boy who finds himself dealing with a very odd affliction.

As things turned out, however, that little boy needed an older sister who could narrate and translate his story to a readership who might not be familiar with “sitting shiva” or ritual circumcisions or mincha ma-ariv prayer services.  And no sooner than that sister began taking shape, she began whispering: “I don’t fit in with my family.  I’m different. I’m gay. Tell my story.”  And then, of course, that sister needed a partner—and that partner turned out to be Latina.  And then, WHOOSH, the novel began taking off in all sorts of new directions—inspired and fueled by my lucky and beloved ties to all three of those “outsider” worlds.

And now, four years later—tragically—we have a white nationalist who opens fire on a Jewish synagogue because Jewish organizations dare to support refugees who are fleeing war and famine.  We have a powerful segment of the country shouting for a wall against Latinos and increasing attacks on LGBTQI individuals—and against anyone else deemed to be “other” in a nation that is actually largely comprised of “other.”

So, it seems I have written a “timely” novel.

That being the case—I offer the book up with the prayer that it will somehow, in some small way, advance the idea that in every culture (as in every family) there exists both beauty and strengths and difficulties and dysfunctions.  And that—therefore—it is our duty to try to learn from one another and bear with one another and support one another and try to find our way together.   ~ S. W. Leicher

Acts of Assumption will be released on November 30th. It is available for pre-order

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Upcoming Events – Spring 2017

The Place of Peace and Crickets by Tricia Bookertppc_front-cover-web

  • Reading and launch party
    Saturday, March 18th at 7 p.m
    The BookMark, 220 1st St., Neptune Beach, FL
  • Reading and launch party
    Saturday, March 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Genung’s Fish Camp, 291 Cubbedge Rd., St. Augustine, FL
  • AuthorPhoto-TriciaBookerReading and launch party
    Sunday, March 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Reading and launch party
    Thursday, March 30th at 7 p.m.
    JaxByJax Readings at CoRK Arts District, 2689 Rosselle St., Jacksonville.

The author will be on-hand for book signing and a question-and-answer sessions at all events. The events are free and open to the public.

INLIKH_small-promo_coverIt’s Not Like I Knew Her by Pat Spears

  • Bonnie Morris & Pat Spears present The Disappearing L: Erasure Of Lesbian Spaces & Culture and It’s Not Like I Knew Her
    Friday, April 14 – 7:00pm
    Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC
  • PatSpears2014Book signing at Tallahassee Pridefest with My Favorite Books
    Saturday, April 22, 12 pm to 5:30 pm
    Kleman Plaza, 306 S. Duval St., Tallahassee FL

Oil and Water

amfb_front_smallA former Exxon executive as Secretary of State. A head of the EPA with close ties to the oil and gas industry. A new president who promised in December to “eliminate all wasteful job-killing regulations. On energy, we will cancel the restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean beautiful coal.” Presumably, this will include drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

For anyone who needs a reminder of how deadly an unregulated fossil fuel industry can be, Twisted Road Publications will release Connie May Fowler’s new memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, on April 20th, the 7th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion killed eleven people and resulted in a massive spill that dumped more than 210 millions gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Pre-order A Million Fragile Bones here:  Pre-Order

connie-may-fowler-author-photoConnie May Fowler began that day as she had begun most days for the previous sixteen years, immersed in the natural world that was her home on Alligator Point on Florida’s gulf coast, surrounded by dunes and water birds, watching dolphins swim in the distance. Then began the nightmare from which she would not emerge for more than a year.

In A Million Fragile Bones, Connie details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the oil spill. It is, at its heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.

We hope you will read this book. Even more importantly, we hope you will join the fight for clean water and protection of the world’s endangered marine ecosystems.