History books show how Abraham Lincoln spent many hours at the telegraph office during the civil war. It was a modern time moving fast with an explosion of new technology: steamboats, trains, instant communication with the telegraph, and newly engineered rifles which were quick loading and accurate compared to the old muzzle loaders of days gone by. Lincoln used the technology to his advantage so I don’t think he’d have any problems jumping into our digital age, but what would he see in our fast-moving world? If my novel was the first book he picked up and read, would he see the people and country he envisioned?
Lincoln also loved the theater. Just like today, the entertainment provided a way to break away from the pressure and challenges and had great value. My novel is a cozy mystery – a light summer read – a story for entertainment, but all stories have a theme and moral argument hidden in the background. Would the great Abraham Lincoln read the novel and find entertainment value because he could relate to the plot and characters? Would he say, “Yes, it’s a fictional story for entertainment but I see the essence of people. What was important in my day has continued to develop!”
What about the other genres? Whether a literature piece, a romance, or a shocking horror story, would Lincoln be able to relate to the stories? He certainly saw more and handled more in his life than most men. According to the history books he was at the theater often and enjoyed the shows. I think he would be thrilled with today’s stories. And what about our non-fiction writers? They handle a vast array of subjects and some of them have tremendous depth in their specified fields. I think Lincoln would understand the struggles we have at times to reach an agreement on issues but also see the people he envisioned as we have grown and developed in all avenues of life and would encourage us to keep fulfilling our role in society. I will keep writing and I encourage you to do the same!
A Jack Wellington Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: October 31, 2021
Jack Wellington moves from the big city to make a new start. He jumps at the opportunity to become a detective in Summerville.
A peculiar case is assigned to him as artwork has been stolen and a dog is missing. Fellow detective Charlie Finch, a man adorned with decades of service, uncovers clues with Jack. They become intrigued by the words and actions of a neighborhood boy and wonder how much he might know.
Clues are followed but it’s the kids in the neighborhood who provide the most relevant clues. As the detectives get closer to them with their questions, the pressure of the kids struggle unfolds.
Kids, dogs, thieves, and a detective who meets a gal named Sally in the little town of Summerville.
Robert has an AAS in Microsoft Networking Technology from Glendale Community College and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.
He likes reading, writing, and exploring natural wonders. His favorite pastime is telling tall stories around the campfire.