“Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to be believable, but truth doesn’t.”-Unknown
Discover some of the lesser known but fascinating real-life people, places and events. Fiction can be unbelievable, but it’s got nothing on reality!
My name is John Reisinger. I live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and I write about real-life people, places, and events because I believe fiction can be exciting, inventive, and entertaining, but for really incredible and unbelievable tales, you just can’t beat fact. That’s why I write books that are either factual ,or based on real events, real people or real places. How about these for real life?
-A detective who produced a last minute confession to the Lindbergh kidnapping just days before someone else was scheduled to be executed for the crime.
-Confederate blockade runners living it up in the Bahamas between runs and smuggling luxury goods, including a thoroughbred horse and chamber pots decorated with the picture of an unpopular Union general
-A POW escape and manhunt…in Canada
– A French invasion of Mexico during our Civil War, and their installation of an Austrian as the Emperor of that country
-A couple found shot to death in a locked room in New Jersey
-A lighthouse keeper found dead in his lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, but the blood on the floor belonged to someone else.
-A shipwrecked Spaniard who became a Mayan war chief in the 1500s.
And a lot more.
There are plenty of strange and fascinating events to write about and that’s what I do. I write about real events because truth really is stranger than fiction.
Update: Don’t have time to read an entire book? Check out my article in Thousand Islands Life online magazine… It’s the story of a real-life treasure hunt; Buried Treasure in the Thousand Islands
And: The latest Max Hurlock mystery, Death across the Chesapeake, in which Max and Allison tangle with their town’s most wealthy and eccentric citizens to solve the murder of a stockbroker with a suspicious interest in art.
And, my new historical novel has just been released; the story of a shipwrecked Spaniard who became a Mayan warrior. It has already received a 5 star review from Readersfavorite.com. Read more.
And, here is an interview I just did on Delmarva Public Radio. (My section is the second half, starting at 31.30.)