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Stephen P. Kiernan

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Stephen P. Kiernan's new novel, THE BAKER'S SECRET, is now out in paperback.

This novel is the story of D-Day from the French perspective: how the people lived under Nazi occupation, and how they believed the Allies would never come. Led by Emma, a 22-year-old who is determined to help her fellow villagers survive, this is not a story of armies and battles, but of people struggling to keep hope alive by caring for each other.

Stephen also wrote The HUMMINGBIRD, about a hospice nurse whose husband has returned from his 3rd deployment in Iraq with PTSD, and she is determined to help him heal. It is a story about loyalty, patience, and fierce love.

Stephen's first novel was THE CURIOSITY, a scientific thriller and a love story across two centuri
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Stephen P. Kiernan Thank you for your kind words. My thanks, too, to the book lover who put me in your path.
I hope you enjoy The Hummingbird -- and if that leaves you…more
Thank you for your kind words. My thanks, too, to the book lover who put me in your path.
I hope you enjoy The Hummingbird -- and if that leaves you hungry for more, you might try The Curiosity.
At the moment I'm roughly a third of the way along in a new novel, which is going slowly because it requires a ton of research. After the Pacific Theater of World War II (in The Hummingbird) and the European Theater (in The Baker's Secret), I found myself compelled to write a story about the home front during that time. This new book follows a mathematician who considers himself a pacifist (a rarity in 1943) yet he winds up working for the Manhattan Project. The story is told by his wife, who helps him after the war to find a fulfilling life that adds enormously to the world's peace.
"The Late Great Charlie Fisk" is based on a true story. My hope is to have it in bookstores in late 2019 or early 2020. Fingers Xd.
Thanks for your question, and especially for reading my books.
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Stephen P. Kiernan This is a question I'm often asked, and I have yet to find a definitive answer -- because there are lots of reasons.
First, I think the realms of hero…more
This is a question I'm often asked, and I have yet to find a definitive answer -- because there are lots of reasons.
First, I think the realms of hero and antihero have been explored in depth for men, and many manifestations of these roles are new for women -- or at least, new for fiction. Emma in The Baker's Secret, for example, came to me with a richness of narrative possibilities that a male in the same circumstances would not have offered. Her unique kind of heroism made writing the book more of a discovery.
Second, there is the challenge of craft (that is, getting away with writing a gender other than my own). It requires me to compose with great care, and to listen closely to early readers (nearly all women) so I learn what the wrong notes may be.
Third, any character (and any narrative voice) is the result of an act of imagination. In The Curiosity, one of the narrators is a man born in 1870 -- an experience completely foreign to me. It's all invention.
The writer's task, it seems to me, is to create an experience that the reader can believe in, a voice and character and soul that will come to life in the reader's imagination. That challenge is the same regardless of whether I am writing in a woman's voice, or in first person for a character very much like myself.
I am well along in a new novel right now, and once again my central character is female (though I embarked on the idea thinking otherwise). She is strident, and smart, and entirely misguided, and that latter characteristic is far more challenging to me than her gender. If you saw today's rough draft pages, you would say she is beating me handily.
Wish me luck.
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Hi friends. This month's specials are:

In fiction, & SONS by David Gilbert. I'm not sure this book ís a novel, in the traditional sense. And he uses a strange third person voice that is somehow omniscient to tell the story too. But the pop of language, the tragicomic pace, the intelligent insight, striking detail and free-spirited embellishment are absolutely worth the ride.

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“And what is life but a little row in a small boat, every moment leaving what we know, every stroke unable to see where we are headed?”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Curiosity

“After all, what is love but the desire to know another person as thoroughly and deeply as possible? Every quirk and passion, each response to the changes of time, every possible inch of skin? Also perhaps to be ourselves known, with all our flaws, yet somehow miraculously still be desired?”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Curiosity

“We all have times when life intervenes and we get little done. But when our days are numbered, it feels like a kind of thievery. If there is ever a chapter in life with no time to waste, it is the last one.”
Stephen P. Kiernan, The Hummingbird

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