The Boone County Writers Group has hit its stride, as three of its members have recent publications to their credit. The group meets every other Tuesday evening at the Boone County Public Library Main Branch in Burlington.
Mirsada Kadiric, the group’s newest member, released her memoir, I Am a Refugee: Finding Home Again in America earlier this month (April 12, 2018, 68 pages). It is a moving, personal story of a harrowing childhood journey in 1992 from war-torn Bosnia to Western Europe and finally to the United States. The suddenness with which life went from normal and happy to a terrifying nightmare is both heartbreaking and sobering. Refugees have been much in the news recently, and this book helps bring their plight home in a way that cold facts never could.
She now lives in Northern Kentucky. Her description of expecting Boone County High School to be like the school in Beverly Hills 90210 and instead discovering a concrete block building next to a busy street is priceless. She also discusses how caring teachers at the school helped, while her high school classmates shunned her. Happily, she also recounts being welcomed at Northern Kentucky University and her relief at winning citizenship. Her book will be of special interest to Kentucky readers.
Gary Reed ventures into historical fiction with his new novel, Things Could Get Ugly (April 15, 2018, 457 pages). Fast-talking reporter Jack O’Brien returns to his hometown looking for the story that will make his reputation as a journalist. He finds a misbehaving preacher, a wrongfully convicted black man, dirty cops, a crooked politician, a dangerous mobster … and love. The novel is set in Covington in the late summer of 1939, the final weeks before Hitler ignited World War II in Europe. It was a time when the Great Depression lingered on, Jim Crow ruled the South, and the Syndicate was spreading its tentacles. Like the newspaper reporter movies of the era, Things Could get Ugly combines suspense, romance and a dash of humor.
Patricia Correll is out with The Corpse-Eater: A Novella (Amazon and Kindle, 90 pages, (March 5, 2018), set in Japan, falls into the genre of magical realism with a healthy dose of girl power.
Fiercely proud of her samurai heritage, teenage Rinko devotes herself to her sick father and, even as the Meiji Restoration destroys her world of the samurai and feudal nobility. Fleeing the emperor’s forces, she and her father are relieved to find a remote village that welcomes them. But this place is in thrall to a supernatural evil they don’t understand. The inhabitants’ intentions toward Rinko and her father may not as benevolent as they seem. Can one girl, even a samurai, save herself and her father while freeing the villagers from their curse?
Reed is also the author of the legal thriller, A Fatal Cell Phone Video (Top Quark Publishing Co., 2016), and Correll is the author of Late Summer, Early Spring (DSP Publications, 2015).
The Boone County Writers Group welcomes new members.