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J.R. Alcyone

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J.R. Alcyone is the penname of a historical fiction author. A lifelong history enthusiast, she has written two novels: Five Fathoms Beneath, and the Historical Fiction Company's 2021 Book of the Year, The Stars That Govern Us.

Jen is a self-taught creative writer. She earned her BA in history and philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College, and her JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she was managing editor for the Cleveland State Law Review.

When she's not writing, Jen is usually tucked behind a Nikon with a very long lens. An accomplished nature and wildlife photographer, she is also an avid hiker, birder, and reader.
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Alec’s parents were Greek Orthodox, but I did not write Alec as having any specific religious beliefs. He is familiar with…more
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Alec’s parents were Greek Orthodox, but I did not write Alec as having any specific religious beliefs. He is familiar with the Bible and mentions God from time to time, but I viewed Alec as a man with no need for organized religion. Alec’s moral code arises from his mother’s last words to him (“Do good and be good”), and he has cobbled together his own ethical code and views.

Alec is, however, a tolerant and compassionate man, and I could not see Alec as someone who would deny the comfort of religion to others (especially those as sick as Alec’s patients often would be), regardless of his own personal belief in religion, God, an afterlife, or the lack thereof. This aspect of Alec’s character comes out in the scene where Alec dies. Alec’s partner Pete is a practicing Roman Catholic; in Catholicism, suicide is a mortal sin which condemns a person’s soul to eternal damnation. Pete is worried about Alec’s soul and tries to get Alec to ask for forgiveness from God, but Alec will not do so; it’s unclear whether this is from Alec’s non-belief or simply Alec doesn’t think himself worthy of forgiveness. But Alec does not object to Pete’s saying the Act of Contrition; Alec understands doing so will make Pete feel better and this is something which sincerely matters to Pete, and Alec won’t deny his best friend the comfort of his beliefs.

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J.R. Alcyone I am currently in the planning and research stage of a prequel (of sorts) to "Five Fathoms Beneath," centered on Alec & Pete performing Australia's fi…moreI am currently in the planning and research stage of a prequel (of sorts) to "Five Fathoms Beneath," centered on Alec & Pete performing Australia's first successful open-heart surgery in the middle 1950s. (less)
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Five Fathoms Beneath

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Stars is the Historical Fiction Company's 2021 Book of the Year!

I'm proud to announce that my second novel, The Stars That Govern Us, was selected as the 2021 Book of the Year by the Historical Fiction Company. You can read the announcement and the book's review over at the Historical Fiction Company's website. The Stars That Govern Us was also selected as the gold medal winner in the post-World War II fiction category. Read more of this blog post »
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