Celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of Alexandria Rising: A look back

It all began with a bicycle accident.  Four years ago on Oct. 27, I was involved in a serious bike accident. Went over the handlebars. Shattered right wrist that required pins. Broken ribs. Lip split that required stitches. Nose broken. Tendons torn in my left arm. Concussed. Knock out. Cold. Blood pressure sank. I saw…

What’s in a name? Meet Digby and Tyrian

As you know, I love using allusions and easter eggs in my books. In ‘The Alexandria Rising Chronicles,’ I used symbology, names and numerology from the works of T.S. Eliot, Dante, Tolkien and even the show, ‘LOST’ as inspiration.  When I began writing ‘In Pursuit of The Pale Prince,’ it was a different world. I…

2019: After the solstice, before the frost

The year is clipping by, like a summer weathered schooner on a fair wind.  I have spent the bulk of the first half of the year in self-imposed book promotion hibernation and have not been engaging much outside of the digital world. However, the plan is to devote more time to readings, classes and artistic…

Updated Appendices to The Chronicles

These are the appendices of Alexandria Rising and Alexandria Reborn. The adventure on combining the appendices for the third and final book are underway as it is very laborious in density and allusion. These are not in chronological order so proceed at your own risk for spoilers if you have not read both. Your humble friend,…

Year in Review: A best-seller, broadcasts and more books

There are far too many people to thank for a wonderful 12 months. The interviews on air and in magazines and newspapers and the invitations to read and teach made an indelible impact in my trajectory as an author. An extra big thank you goes all to many, including: Clifford Brooks III, Damon Poirier, Celeste…

YA Fantasy In Pursuit of The Pale Prince available on Amazon

“A unique world told with a lyrical voice.” – amazon review Mark Wallace Maguire’s YA fantasy novel, ‘In Pursuit of The Pale Prince’ is published and available on amazon.com. Below is an article by Damon Poirer published in the Marietta Daily Journal. Mark Wallace Maguire recently announced the release of his Young Adult Fantasy novel, “In…

Lost Letters of Henry O’Neal

THE LOST LETTERS OF HENRY O’NEAL  By Thomas J. Callahan February 2017/northern Europe/Location Ragnar  INTRODUCTION  During Henry’s illness, he wrote several letters for his grandson, Rand, to open upon his death. However, only one letter was passed on and it appears in the book, “Alexandria Rising.” Why this is, we do not exactly know. Perhaps, in his state…

Interviewed on NPR’s Dante’s Old South

I was honored to be interviewed on NPR’s Dante’s Old South in late April. This eclectic radio show is based out of WUTC in Chattanooga, Tennessee and hosted by Clifford Brooks and Richard Winham. My interview and reading are around the 50 minute mark, but I encourage you to listen to the entire show for…

Lost footage found from a 1932 expedition

Thomas J. Callahan – the chap who wrote the appendices to ‘Alexandria Rising’ – found this lost film footage today from an ill-fated 1932 dig for the Slendoc Meridian.

The Wasteland and Alexandria Reborn

Was T.S. Eliot aware of the existence of The Slendoc Meridian? Lux? Where is the red rock? What will Rand find there? Who is Waterstone? This passage above from, “The Wasteland” appears at the front of Alexandria Reborn. But why? What is the correlation between this passage of The Wasteland and the book? Click for…

The story behind Alexandria Rising Rhythms

What is Alexandria Rising Rhythms?  >>>It is instrumental music inspired by the novel Alexandria Rising. >>> It is a unique album as it was written, recorded and mixed in four cities  spanning thousands of miles apart during a 10-month span. >>>It has drawn comparisons to soundtrack music, ambient music and psychedelic rock and broke new…

What’s in a name? Meet Rhodes

Ron and I were exchanging jokes on the loading dock at the newspaper, the smell of newsprint and fresh ink creased the air. It was winter 2017 and the breeze caught the blue smoke from his cigarette and whisped it across the street where it scattered and dissipated over the muddy park. As usual, our…

The mysterious Mary Celest…and what might be next

  The doors leisurely opened and a tall, willowy woman, her skin the color of cinnamon glided out, braids of silver hair dangling regally down her neck. She wore a long silk dress, the hue of a pale morning sky. Despite the heat, a royal blue shawl adorned her shoulders.  “My friend,” she said in…

Interconnectivity, symbolism and numerology in Alexandria Rising

Someone asked me the other day about how much symbolism I crammed into ‘Alexandria Rising. Well, the answer is pretty straightforward: As much as I possibly could. Why do this in an action adventure novel? Well, I figured if I was going to write a novel, I might as well have some fun with it….

What’s in a name? Meet Kennon

I was unlocking my door on Fifth Floor at Berry College’s Dana Hall in the fall of 1993. I caught a peripheral glance out of the corner of my eye of another student doing the same a few doors down. We met each other’s eyes. Recognition? Shock? Rejoicing. I couldn’t believe it. It was Kennon…

Independent Author of The Year Finalist

The Independent Author Network announced their 2017 winners today and I am pleased to announce that Alexandria Rising was named a finalist in the Action-Adventure category. As an independent author, these are the types of honors that keep us going against the odds. Big ups to all of y’all for your encouragement, purchases and support.

Meet Winston Worsley…

One of everybody’s favorite new characters in Alexandria Reborn is Winston, the ‘old cowboy’ as he calls himself who hails from west Texas. This is one of my favorite scenes when he first meets Rand and Rand discovers the other side of those who work with The Slendoc Meridian. (And, yes, a spin off book…

‘This would make a cool movie’ – P.S. I Love That Book

Thanks to Lithuanian book review site P.S. I Love That Book for the review of Alexandria Reborn!  Reviewer Martyna gave the book four hearts – their version of four stars – and wrote – as many of you have said of both books, “I actually think this would make a cool movie.” One issue raised by…

Interview in Blue Mountain Review

Big ups and a major thanks to The Blue Mountain Review for interviewing me in the latest issue of that gorgeous magazine. You can check out the entire issue here which is chock full of prime prose, poetry, interviews and art. As a former journalist, I must say it was different, yet pleasant, being on the…

Farewell J.P. Donleavy: God have mercy on the wild Ginger Man

The great J.P. Donleavy has died at the ripe old age of 91. I’ve been a Donleavy fan since my senior year in college when I discovered his work while studying in Ireland. Donleavy is the King of The Tragicomedy. “The Ginger Man,” in particular, his first novel exemplifies that concept and the main character,…

Alexandria Reborn: Your prep kit.

Alexandria Reborn, the sequel to Alexandria Rising and Book 2 in The Alexandria Rising Chronicles, is now available in paperback and kindle. So, what do you need to know? I mean, a sequel is a sequel, right? Yes. Yet…. A couple of items worth noting. The book picks up immediately after the last chapter in…

What is the symbol on the front of the book?

Since “Alexandria Rising,” published last October, I have been asked on one than more occasion: “What is the symbol on the front of the book?”  or “I’m sorry, I don’t speak that language?” (always the smart aleck in a group, right?)  or “So, are you ever going to let us know what this is about…

The thirst for escapism and the need for fantasy

  “You should really work on publishing that semi-autobiographical book you wrote, “The Preacher’s Son.” There is a lot of good stuff in there on religion, race, Southern culture, fractured father-son relationships, real good dark stuff that could sell.” I’ve heard that sentiment echoed the last several months. I did write said book, “The Preacher’s…

New review published: 5 hearts!

It can be a dangerous thing for a writer to read his/her own reviews. The bad ones have the capacity to sink one’s hopes, while the good ones can over-inflate one’s sails – okay, enough nautical metaphors, right?-  thus I try to avoid reading them. However, I was pleasantly surprised today to read a review…

World Creating and why writers don’t rest on the 7th day

Well, thanks to you wonderful readers and your encouragement, your faithful scribe has been busy the last several weeks writing the sequel to ‘Alexandria Rising.’ I am on a ridiculously tight deadline, but am hoping to have it on the market by the fall. (My initial plan was to start writing it in March, but…

Kent St. James interviewed!

Best-selling author A.F. Stewart features this entertaining interview of Richard Dale with Kent St. James, chief villain of ‘Alexandria Rising’ on her blog today. Thanks for this creative collaboration! Fireside Chat with Kent St. James  

Ga. Book of The Year nomination!

Excited and pleased to announce that Alexandria Rising, has been nominated for the 53rd Georgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA) in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. The banquet takes place in June where winners and finalists will be announced. Thanks all for reading. More of the journey awaits with recovered video footage, in-depth character exploration…

A peek behind the curtain

An action adventure novel? A dose of historical fiction? Get a glimpse of what the book is about below… Feel free to follow thee book on my facebook, author page and instagram for updates, clues and promos on this action adventure novel.