all started several years ago. I conceptualized a story that dealt
with race, justice, and revenge. I was interested in having the
main character be Cape Verdean American in part to address the
evolution of an African people who came to the USA voluntarily
(beginning in the 19th century). A population, that I should add,
that has both a different yet overlapping history with other African
Americans (those of us brought to North America or the Caribbean in
my “third eye” I came to envision the story, framing it
as a murder mystery that takes place in 1970. But I still did not
took me a while to justify to myself that it was legitimate for a
political activist, such as myself, who writes non-fiction, to delve
into the world of fiction. I felt almost guilty, thinking that it
might be perceived as frivolous. But one day on vacation with my
wife and daughter I told them both the idea for this story. My
daughter sat there not looking directly at me at first. She then
said: “Dad, I think that you have an idea there. You need to
write this. In fact, you might have an idea for a series.” My
wife smiled and agreed with our daughter.
2016 I got to work on the first draft of the manuscript, completing
it in about 3-4 months. I looked for an agent, since I know next to
nothing about the world of fiction, and was totally unsuccessful
obtaining someone. A friend of mine in the entertainment industry
told me that agents are there for people who do not need help, and
are not there for those of us who do. Whether that it is true or not
I do not know, but I started to despair.
luck changed when I ran into Tim Sheard, publisher for Hardball
Press. I had met Tim in the past but we never spent any time
together. He asked me what I was up to and I told him about the
manuscript. He asked for the first chapter and a synopsis. He later
contacted me and asked for the rest of the manuscript. The next
thing I knew, he was offering me a contract.
then the editing started!
the book was a wonderful experience. Editing was hell. It is very
challenging editing fiction and I learned an immense amount from Tim.
But after more than a year of editing, the day has arrived and the
book is ready for ‘prime time.’
hope that you will go to Hardball Press (the book is also available
through Amazon) and purchase a copy. The reviews that I have already
received are phenomenal, if I say so myself.
people have asked me why I wrote The
Man Who Fell From the Sky.
I tell them that we all have stories contained in our heads that we
want to tell. This was one such story. But it was also a way of
discussing very real political and historical issues through a
I have come to learn, writing fiction brings with it certain risks.
When one writes non-fiction, one exposes one’s thoughts and
ideas. When one writes fiction, one exposes one’s soul and
one’s heart. You are sometimes exposing demons or issues that
you have grappled with. You may also expose hopes and aspirations.
In either case, it is a tremendously exciting and valuable
hope is that you will enjoy The
Man Who Fell From the Sky
should you honor me by obtaining a copy.