What Makes Sally Run?

I intended to sit down and write a strictly biographical piece about Sally Harrell, but first I want to address some drama that’s been playing out over the past few days in Georgia’s 40th District State Senate race. It seems Sally’s opponent got on Facebook and attacked her as the “establishment candidate,” backed by “the elite.” Some kind of deal…

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Brambleman wins major publishing award

News from Thornbriar Press (orig. pub. June 3, 2013) Strange Tale of Georgia County’s Ethnic Cleansing Claims Prize Brambleman, Jonathan Grant’s gritty, supernaturally-tinged tale of racism, redemption, and revenge in Forsyth County, Georgia, has won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2013 Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction. Franklins, which honor excellence in  editorial and design, are considered among the highest…

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About Brambleman, a novel

The story: Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course…

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Brambleman, a novel

Prologue Very early on the gray, drizzly morning of January 24, 1987, Thurwood Talton put on his blue suit and ambled into the bathroom of his brick bungalow in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood. He trimmed his silver goatee and taped a gauze bandage over the gash on his forehead, which had required six stitches to close. He was rather proud of…

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About Brambleman’s cover

Brambleman won the Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction not only for the writing, but for the editing and design, as well.  The editing, well … heh, heh. I’ll tell you about that some other time. Or if you ask. But the cover is definitely part of the package. It sets the tone for the story, because there are some dark places…

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Brambleman: some notes on the title

The otherworldly Brambleman started out with a different title and as a much different story than the one I ended up publishing.  There were some similarities, however: It was set in Atlanta, and the protagonist’s name was Charlie Sherman, same as now. And his mother was named Evangeline. That’s about as far as the similarities go. Originally, I was going to call…

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