“…history is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”- paraphrased from biologist J.B.S. Haldane- (speaking of the Universe in 1927)
“Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to be believable, but truth doesn’t.”-Unknown
Come on in and take a look at some of the lesser known corners of the history of 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 stroy 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.)