An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist, K.F. Jones is also a boat captain, certified diver, and former teacher. In another llife he taught students with learning disabilities the thrill of discovery through history and literature. Born in Louisiana, the author now lives in North Carolina.
In researching the life and times of Denmark Vesey, many sources brought the work to fruition. A partial list of historical novels that entertained and enlightened me includes “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones, “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron, “Island Beneath the Sea” by Isabel Allende, “The Whiskey Rebels” by David Liss, “Sacred Hunger” by Barry Unsworth, “Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Crichton, “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill, “Master and Commander” by Patrick O’Brian, “The Fort” by Bernard Cornwell and “The Eden Hunter” by Skip Horack.
A partial list of non-fiction that intrigued and informed me includes “The First Salute” by Barbara W. Tuchman, “Empire of Liberty” by Gordon S. Wood, “Washington” by Ron Chernow, “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson, “American Creation: The Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic” by Joseph J. Ellis, “The Classic Slave Narratives” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Saltwater Slavery” by Stephanie E. Smallwood, “The Slave Ship: A Human History” by Marcus Rediker, “Denmark Vesey: The Buried Story of America’s Largest Slave Rebellion and the Man Who Led It” by David Robertson, “He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey” by Douglas R. Egerton, “Slaves in the Family” by Edward Ball, “Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution” by Dan L. Morrill, “1776” by David McCullough, “The Emergence of a National Economy 1775-1815” by Curtis P. Nettels, “Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, The Slave Trade, and The American Revolution” by Charles Rappleye and “The Exchange Artist” by Jane Kamensky.