December 17, 2019

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has been a fixture in the American consciousness for decades, praised for its examination of racial injustice. But today, it is not the only significant American novel about racial injustice, nor is it the only book part of students’ required reading.

In recent years, school educators have been selecting more contemporary novels that tackle the multitude of ways racism affects different margin...

December 3, 2019

The epidemic of police violence against unarmed African-Americans has been well covered in the media and through nonfiction. A limited number of talented authors have recently tackled the subject in novels and motion pictures.

Today, Attorney/Author Mark M. Bello takes this subject to a new level in his latest Zachary Blake Legal ThrillerBetrayal in Black. All of his novels turn fiction into a form of activism—with this newes...

November 19, 2019

After many months of research and drafts, it’s finally time for the final editing of my fifth novel in the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller series, Betrayal High!

Editing is a truly incredible experience. I always find it fulfilling to see a rough first draft turn into a much improved final product. If you’re an author, pull out your first draft of any of your novels. Read a chapter or two. Then, read the same chapter(s) of your cu...

November 12, 2019

The writers of Spotlight and Orange Is the New Black aren’t the only ones who pull their stories from real-world events.

Many novelists tap into headline news with real crime drama and shocking revelations. Many of these stories are disturbing, based on murders, child abuse, immigration deportation, gun violence, kidnappings, and affairs. These novels are often layered with an author’s own experiences and a fresh...

November 6, 2019

What is a faction novel?

Books in the faction genre are a type of historical novel rooted in fact, woven together with fictitious elements and using storyline techniques of fiction.

Faction novels, like the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series, are often ripped from the headlines. Their purpose is to ultimately give the reader a deeper understanding of the times and those involved, as well as a aspects of the events outside of th...

August 13, 2019

Father Dennis Riter of the Buffalo, New York Diocese is among many priests named as abuses over the last several years. So, how did he get reinstated with three allegations of sexual abuse and a failed polygraph?

Such cases and cover-ups by the Church have existed for decades. In fact, I faced significant roadblocks in the early 1980s in my pursuit of justice for clergy abused victims due to a conspiracy of silence within the C...

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