Truro author publishes anti-racism novel

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TRURO – A local author has a new novel published south of the border.

Jim Power set his ‘The End of the Line’ storyline entirely in Nova Scotia, focusing mainly on Beechville, just outside of Halifax.

“The End of the Line is my most cherished piece of writing,” Power said in a news release. “It began as a short story and I was offered $250 for it by a New York magazine, but they wanted all rights.”

Power insisted on one-time rights, which didn’t sit well with the editor.

“Though I had published multiple stories with that group, I never published with them again,” he said.

Power is a long-time writer who has been published by over 60 magazines and newspapers, including by the Smithsonian Institution. He has an extensive history of publishing fiction and has published or placed seven novels this year. During 2013 he became a self-described ‘thing in the basement,’ who was writing six to eight hours a day, seven days a week, for many months on end.

His first novel, Passions in the North Country, was published under his pseudonym of Summer Newman in the spring of this year.

‘The End of the Line’ portrays a 24-year-old African Nova Scotian woman named Latesha Thomas. A student at Dalhousie University living with her father, Thomas is confined to a wheelchair.

In an attempt to make extra money for their struggling family, she becomes a freelance matchmaker, which is a total disaster, but she acquires a male white client, Peter Elsworth. This sets into motion not only a powerful romance and an unanticipated connection, but a huge backlash of racism.

“This may sound ridiculous, but for the only time in my life I actually fell in love with one of my own characters,” said Power. “I have been happily married for more than 29 years, so please don’t mention Latesha to my wife.”

Power admits he had mixed feelings when ‘The End of the Line’ was published, saying it was almost like saying goodbye to Latesha after introducing her to the world.

“When you’re a writer and you live with your characters day after day, you have to believe they’re real because if you don’t believe it, how can you expect others to? It’s my dream that as many people as possible will read this novel.

“It’s intense, but uplifting.”

The novel will soon be available through various online companies, including Bookstrand, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Right now, ‘The End of the Line’ can be viewed and downloaded at Sweet Cravings Publishing – - listed under the inter-racial category.

Organizations: New York magazine, Smithsonian Institution, Dalhousie University Sweet Cravings Publishing

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Beechville, Halifax

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