Don's Blog: May 2021

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Nashville: The Mood Series of Novelettes

People who have never lived in Nashville have asked me many times if events as portrayed in my series entitled Nashville: The Mood Parts 1-10 are an accurate portrayal of the city. I firmly believe they are, if not in a 100% literal sense (it is a fictional account, after all), at least in the general spirit of things.

Fiction is my preferred way of writing about things, as evidence in my full-length novels. But I did interrupt my fiction writing for well over a decade to take on something that had never been done; a full-length biography of Clay Shaw, the only man tried for allegedly being involved in the planning of the assassination of President Kennedy. That book, Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, was published in 2013 and 2014, and has met with a fair amount of success.

After that very lengthy non-fiction project, I returned to fiction in the form of the novelettes constituting the Nashville: The Mood series. They also have found their audience. The accounts therein were based upon more than 20 years of living in Music City, and I believe the mood, if you will, evoked in those fictional accounts are indeed an accurate portrayal of the city. They are not intended to be accounts of some long-passed Nashville; they are very much applicable to today. Read them in that spirit.