The Story Behind Disinheritance by John Sibley Williams

Though my poetry often varies in structure, setting, and narrative style, I cannot help but write about the themes that have haunted me since childhood. Love. Family. Grief. Emotional distance. Perhaps all authors, regardless of genre, are in some sense trying to better know their demons, their ghosts, all while exploring and perhaps even celebrating…

The Story Behind Closet Words by Kim Hilton

My upbringing as a child was very hard.  I was an orphan, the youngest of six children. My mother was 13 when she had her first child and 19 when I was born, having six children in six years.  My mother was shot with a shotgun by my father.  I lived in violence, abuse and poverty.…

The Story Behind Harkness by Michael Bigham

Inspiration for stories can spring from several sources: a character, a “what if” starting point or perhaps a compelling plot. My novel, Harkness: A High Desert Mystery, arose from the setting. I grew up on the Oregon high desert in a small timber and ranching town called Prineville, which sits almost exactly in the center…

The Story Behind Cry of Eagles by Stefan Vucak

I followed Israel’s tragic saga trying to become a nation for some time, beset on all sides by hostile Arab states, struggling to build a Jewish homeland – while expelling the indigenous Palestinians from theirs, refusing their right to exist. In 1947 the UN mandate that created Israel also demanded that the northern part of…