Pondering of the Past: Harper Lee, A Southern Literary Legacy

Harper Lee, A Southern Voice that Opened Eyes and Hearts Across America

A Southern Classic that Exposed a Broken Culture Caught in its Past

Nelle Harper Lee (1926 – 2016), simply Harper Lee to millions across America, a Southern voice for decades based on her first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Her other book though written in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman, did not see the light of day until 2015 and was published as a sequel to her Pulitzer Prize classic. 

Harper Lee wrote what she knew best, the Deep South of the 1930s from a child’s point of view. Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama provided her with ample opportunities to portray the irrationality of adult attitudes in the racist culture that permeated the South.

A footnote worth mentioning: the character in her novel named Dill was based upon her real childhood friend, Truman Capote. What were the odds that little old Monroeville, Alabama would rear up both Truman Capote and Harper Lee? Today, Monroeville, Alabama entertains thousands of visitors who flock into town to get a glimpse at the old courthouse and homes that Harper Lee wrote about in To Kill a Mockingbird. Might I suggest you might want to visit the link below to learn more-http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/monroeville.html

What’s Coming in 2023…

Shiloh Mystery Series, Fifth Anniversary of Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories & Testament, An Unexpected Return. Watch for updated new book covers in 2023 and a flurry of personal appearances to promote the anniversary of all three Shiloh novels, including Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest. Expanded distribution and availability of the printed and e-book editions coming.

July 2023, The Last Laird of Sapelo (Koehler Books) is coming. A historical novel that explains why at the end of the Civil War virtually all the freed Geechee slaves risked their lives and found their way back to the only homes and land they ever knew. And, why for the rest of the tumultuous Nineteenth Century the Spalding family became the only permanent white residents on Sapelo Island. A unique and near-forgotten legacy linked the post-war Geechee community and the Spaldings until the last Spalding passed away and the Geechee descendants fell victim the wishes and whims of the rich and famous in the first half of the 20th Century.

Watch for more about The Last Laird of Sapelo in the coming months…

Sapelo Island

SHILOH MYSTERY SERIES NEWS & MORE!

Whether you got your free copy of Sanctuary, you can still download discounted Kindles of Testament & Purgatory for only $.99!

October 22-29th, you can download TESTAMENT, AN UNEXPECTED RETURN for only $.99!

October 30-Nov 6th, you can download PURGATORY, A PROGENY’S QUEST for only $.99!

If you are a KINDLE UNLIMITED subscriber, download all three for FREE.

I am asking you to download them, even if you have already read one or more of the books, to help spur others to order their KINDLE editions as well.

Visit https://www.amazon.com/T-M-Brown/e/B06Y17WSJ3 to order any of the Shiloh Mystery novels.

MORE GREAT NEWS!

THE LAST LAIRD OF SAPELO, a historical novel about the Spalding family’s legacy on Sapelo Island, Darien, and McIntosh County on Georgia’s storied coast will come out next August 2023 by Koehler Books.

I hope all of you will want to catch all my upcoming newsletters, if you are not already currently reading them. 

In the coming months, I will ask many of you to help with the book launch plans for my new historical novel.

WHO WANTS A FREE ADVANCE COPY OF THE BOOK? If you love historical stories, this will be an excellent opportunity for you. And, all launch team members will receive a free signed advance copy of The Last Laird of Sapelo. If you are one of my author-friends, you understand the significance and importance of a book’s advance launch team. I look forward to many of you coming on board by next summer 2023.

Please be sure to follow me on Facebook for regular updates as well. 

God bless…

Thank, Mike. email me directly with any comments or questions: mike@tmbrownauthor.com

Hometown Novel News Podcasts Launch

October not only ushered in another display of autumnal colors, it launched the first Hometown Novel News podcast hosted by Newnan Times-Herald, Newnan, GA thanks to Clay Neely, Co-Publisher.

October’s podcast launched with a discussion about the Enduring Legacy and Value of Local Libraries with special guest, Susan Crutchfield, Director of the Newnan Carnegie Library.

Newnan Podcast Network

Historic Newnan Carnegie Library

Special Guest: Susan Crutchfield

Hometown Novel News: Episode 1

OCTOBER 18, 2022 NEWNAN PODCAST NETWORK

Hometown Novel News: Episode 1

Hometown Novel News, November

A discussion about the value of locally owned book retailers today with a focus on what’s happening in downtown Newnan and Coweta County. Be sure to subscribe to learn more about this and future Hometown Novel News podcasts.

A W.O.W. Interview

Podcast aired August 16, 2022–Click the image for the podcast link.

An interview that pulled a lot of background information about my journey to become the Southern inspirational author working on publishing my fourth novel.

Head over to the bookshop tab and order your copy of any three Shiloh novels. After listening to this podcast, you’ll appreciate where the muse for the stories came from.

‘Time crept while I stirred and tossed in futile attempts to capture any semblance of actual sleep. Capitulation arrived shortly after four when I poured a cup of coffee and sat down in the living room…Okay Lord what are you trying to share with me?’ Theo Phillips, Main character Ch 20, pg. 169

When the author used the descriptor, ‘a couple of southern minutes’, I knew I was in for a treat as main characters Theo Phillips and his wife Liddy started retirement in their new hometown of Shiloh, Georgia.

The town residents began introducing themselves as soon as the Phillips arrived, inherently southern by nature, Christian in their beliefs and warm with human spirit. At first I thought there were too many people appearing one after the other and lost track of who they all were. But as they became familiar, I realized there would be no point in delaying introductions as they were all part of the Phillips’ daily life in a small town. Only a writer with personal experience in a small town could define so many characters so intricately, and so Mike Brown has. 

The tale gathers momentum as more citizens come forward with their secret truths, the weight of which has prevented them from moving ahead in life. Theo and Liddy realize they’ve been sent on a divine mission and with God’s guidance, they make themselves available where needed. 

Thank-you for this inspiring, funny and heart-warming journey with Theo and Liddy as they accept the challenge presented them and become part of the town of Shiloh. 

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest News!

Amazon exclusive hardcover edition front and back cover. Click either to order direct from Amazon.

Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest, Book 3 in the Shiloh Mystery Series is now available in an Amazon exclusive “hardcover” edition.

T. M. Brown invites you to share the news and links with friends and family. Whether they enjoy the Kindle, paperback, or new hardcover editions. He also invites you to leave a rating and a review for any of the three books you have read.

Watch for a special Fifth Anniversary Updated Edition in paperback & hardcover of Sanctuary & Testament coming for 2023!

As a writer, we learn our trade with the writing and publishing of each new story. I am thankful and most grateful to all those who have invested their time to read any of the three Shiloh Mystery novels. I never dreamt the stories would continue selling as they are five years afterward. Thank you for spreading the word and recommending the books to your friends and family members. Theo and Liddy’s exploits and hair-raising adventures involving their colorful, and often quirky, Shiloh friends have been truly a joy writing—I am pleased to discover how many readers like you enjoy the stories as well. Stay tuned. More plans are in store for Theo and Liddy in the days to come.

Days of Cotton and Cannons (The Last Laird of Sapelo: The Randolph Spalding Story)

UPDATE: The newly suggested title of Days of Cotton and Cannons seems to catch the attention of prospective agents and publishers. I hope to share the projected plans for the book’s release in the coming weeks. I am crossing my fingers that 2023 will unfold as a very special and busy year with my books, and just so happens marks my wife’s and mine 50th-Anniversary. That’s a lot to celebrate, so expect to hear about this time next year that we disappeared for an extended getaway vacation.

In the meantime, I am busy growing Hometown Novel Writers Association, Inc. What began five years ago as well was the notion there were enough aspiring and published authors south of Atlanta to form our own writers’ organization to promote local authors to the local audiences in our neck of the woods. This past month our fledgling troup of writers got word the State of Georgia accepted our application to become a new non-profit corporation. You might say, like Theo Phillips, I too am pretty busy in my peaceful, not-so-laid-back-retirement. But I love what is unfolding and keeping my life interesting. Every new dawn invites another adventure and opportunity that keeps me young at heart.

For my local friends and readers. Come, take part in the Sharpsburg Book Fair, August 27th in historic Sharpsburg, Georgia. Over 30 authors already have signed up to take part in this all-day event co-hosted by the Hometown Novel Writers Association and the Town of Sharpsburg. Proceeds benefit the promotion of literacy in Coweta County and surrounding counties.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC! COME JOIN US AND SUPPORT MAKING READING AND WRITING FUN IN OUR AREA.