1964, Freedom Summer. Mississippi Burning.
Shawn’s debut novel: Moon in the Mist-Sleep Swimming. Click on the book cover to get a copy.
“Though reminiscent of A River Runs Through It, Cold Mountain, and the best of Faulkner, Moon in the Mist is a unique and brilliantly original work. Prepare to be mesmerized.” New York Times Best Selling Author, William Bernhard
After three long years. Two for the writing, and one for lots of stressing. I’ve decided it was time. And I have no words for an explanation. Other than, I wasn’t sure if I should release it under my name for personal reasons.
My grandfather used to tell the story of a boy who would sleep walk to the creek, and literally swim in his sleep. It was very dangerous. If he was discovered gone at night, when his parents got to the creek, they couldn’t wake him up for fear of him drowning. They could only watch him. And keep him safe. This is where the genesis of the story is. I did some research and discovered that it is a very rare disorder. People who swim in their sleep.
Being from Louisiana and growing up in Mississippi I was exposed to racism. Mississippi Burning has always held a special place in my heart. And it is the event, not the movie I write of.
It is 1964. Mississippi. Freedom Summer. Lucius Krum sleep walks to the creek and swims in his sleep. On one occasion – while asleep – a murder occurs. He would have witnessed it. The only problem… he was asleep.
Set in the racially charged, 1960s, deep south, during the civil rights movement: a family is divided. The KKK, murder, and a psychological Southern Gothic tale of Love, Deception, and the most evil men in our nations history are sown together in this masterfully woven psycho drama.
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