This novel covers Faye Becker's quandary about whether or not to tell the truth of what she witnessed when an unarmed Black male is shot and killed by the town's local White troublemaker. Everyone thinks the shooter is guilty, but Faye (to her regret) knows differently. While the shooter has been guilty often in his past, he is not guilty in this particular incident. Will Faye tell the truth or will she lie to keep the peace in her community?
Kevin is an author and entrepreneur who especially loves the creative process of writing. He has been writing for over fifteen years and has eight books to his credit. His published works include several non-fiction projects on a variety of topics such as Christian singleness, a spiritually based motivation book, a coffee table book honoring local senior women at his home church, a Mother’s Day coffee table book and a history of how the Bible came to be. His first fiction book is a witty and entertaining look at one man’s journey to rediscovering an authentic relationship with Christ. His second book centers on one woman’s pursuit of justice with a tinge of revenge in a small, fictional town in SC. He prides himself on writing projects that are different from each other and interesting.
Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Kevin lives in Columbia, SC where he is always on a search for the next great interesting book to write. His future projects may be a novel that highlights an ironic twist or a non-fiction work that has something to do with the Bible.
In this excerpt, Faye is dealing with having a gun pointed at her by the son of the man who murdered her husband. Just as she was beginning to surrender to the idea that she was about to be shot and killed, a friend of the man pointing the gun at her intervenes. The thing I like to highlight about this scene is Faye's sense of humor. Even in the face of death, she manages to keep things from becoming too depressing. Thankful that a stranger has rescued her, she still playfully chides him for referring to her as an old lady. In many ways, Faye reminds me of my mother because both seemed to always find a way to laugh. To be honest, I hadn't really noticed the similarity between Faye and my mother until now!
Know Your Weapon
Meanwhile, she turned her full attention back to the standoff between the two White men who were glaring at each other. She noticed that Gordon seemed to show no fear of the gun that Thomas still had pointed at her. Slowly walking toward Faye, he replied to Thomas, “You are being reckless. This is an old lady with a cheap cane!” Looking at Faye, he quickly added, “No offense about the cane.” Relieved that she was still alive and quickly regaining her humor she quipped, “No offense taken. I can’t say the same about you calling me an old lady though.”