I started writing fiction when I was 16 but even after I had honed the craft of wordsmithing I was looking for the message I wanted to convey. Eventually after I started the practice of law, which for me meant being the court appointed voice for poor and overlooked clients in the Denver Juvenile and Mental Hlth courts, I found my purpose. I was inspired by my clients to create a modern mythology that would illustrate problems that deserved to be addressed in our modern society. In 2005 I started The Wessex Collective with R.P. Burnham who was also committed to fiction that focused on social problems with the hope of creating the kind of empathy among readers that ultimately can lead to the passion required to work for change. We have said that non-fiction can make readers aware of social problems but fiction can make readers care about social problems. The collective has since published 18 titles (novels or story collections) by 11 authors. Our small press distributor died last fall and I have taken over the direct sales of our real books. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to order any of these books and be sure to inquire about discounts for bookclubs (all these books provide much food for thought and spirited discussion). Or check out:
https:/secure.digitalcontentcenter.com/shop/627321/products where all of our titles are available as ebooks in 3 different formats for $5/book. 50% of the proceeds from ebook downloads will go to good causes of the authors' choice. 50% of the proceeds of my three titles will go to the cause of rescuing abused or abandoned animals. I am out of hard copies of Stillbird and A Mile in These Shoes but both are available indefinitely as ebooks and I still have copies of Three Novellas as a real book. Thank you for your interest in social issue themed fiction.