With an imaginary tale, there are no boundaries. You can simply lose yourself within the pages, and escape from one’s own reality if only for a moment of reprieve. A good writer can accomplish this same visceral detachment for their readers, even if the tale is devoid of magical kingdoms and armored death dealers on horseback off to save the world. Sometimes life is, if not stranger, more interesting than fiction. Some true life stories are even more palatable when they are sprinkled with a dash of fiction.
Whether you’re spinning a tale of fiction or recounting true life events, one thing remains true - if you want to invoke this portal, this suspension of reality, you must have in-depth characters your readers can connect to.
This page is a collection of stories of real life events and characters that I hope all of you can find some meaningful connection with. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
Please share with your family and friends.
Michael A. Walker
Daniel Morgan was a wild frontiersman, a letch, a drunk, a womanizer, a brawler, and a horse thief. You will not find his name in many American history books, yet without his cunning tactics, his courage under fire, his ability to lead untrained...
White on White Crime (Award Winning Essay)
Both my parents were born and raised in the mountains of a very small, rural community in Pikeville, Tennessee. I, on the other hand, had been raised predominately between the borders of poverty and the homeless on the urban...
Technology is a many headed beast; a hydra of sorts. It has given us the ability to walk on the moon, to explore the depths of our greatest oceans, to climb the peaks of our highest mountain ranges, and to tame some of the most insidious...
War is a necessary evil, despite what Edwin Starr’s lyrics to “War” might contend. Men and women have been waging war against each other since the beginning of time. In the 1960’s and 70’s Vietnam was the war predominantly...
“Eaters of the Dead,” by noted storyteller, Michael Crichton, is an epic story told through the prose of a 10thcentury Arabic writer by the name of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan. Ibn Fadlan was a familiar to the Commander of the Faithful of Baghdad...