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Please join me for a Book Launch Party!
for Chicago Blues, Book 2 of Medicine for the Blues trilogy
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 4-6 PM
Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Check out my 30-minute interview for Book Chat, hosted and produced by Alan Rose for public access KLTV. You can view the interview HERE
Medicine for the Blues is a work of LGBT historical fiction that explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s. Jazz was becoming popular, Freud was all the rage, social mores were shifting, the Ku Klux Klan was growing in influence, liquor was illegal, and women had just gotten the vote. Based on extensive period research, this trilogy tells a touching love story set against the dramatic backdrop of this influential era.
“In this gay historical novel I want to encourage understanding and acceptance by asking readers to shift their frame of reference. Society and history are not static, they are constantly changing.” —Jeff Stookey
As a young doctor, Carl Holman has experienced the horrors of World War I and the death of his lover, a fellow officer. Back home after the war, he befriends a young jazz musician who he hopes will become a companion he can share his life with. But this is Oregon: the Ku Klux Klan is gaining influence, homosexual acts are illegal, and such a relationship will jeopardize Carl’s promising medical career. Musician Jimmy Harper has his own dreams for the future and his own obstacles to overcome before he will allow himself to accept Carl’s love. More than a gay love story, Acquaintance is a deep dive into gay and lesbian history based on extensive period research of the 1920s.
This is Book 1 of Medicine for the Blues trilogy. Available Fall 2017.
Purchase Acquaintance on Amazon HERE
or on Smashwords HERE.
Book 2: Chicago Blues follows Jimmy Harper as he reluctantly leaves Carl behind to go to Chicago with the Diggs Monroe Jazz Orchestra, where the band hopes to find fame and fortune. Instead, Jimmy descends into the jazz underworld where he becomes entangled in dark dealings with a sinister mob boss and an erotic affair with a black drag performer. In this unfamiliar world, Jimmy begins to question whether he can trust anyone, even his old band members.
“…[a] finely woven tale of self-discovery and acceptance.” —Poison Waters/Kevin Cook, Drag Queen Extraordinaire. Available Spring 2018.
Preorder Preorder Chicago Blues on Amazon HERE.
Preorder Preorder Chicago Blues on Smashwords HERE.
Special earlybird prices for eBooks through April 14th.
From Our Readers:
A very revealing depiction of the times and fantastic character portrayal. Interesting that in some ways Portland has come so far, and then in another way, not so much.Beth Ann Fischberg,
The characters, and sense of the space and the occasion you described, followed me around…and remained palpable and vivid, almost as if I had watched a film. I’m really looking forward to continuing this story…engaging and thought-provoking.Kirsten Davis
The book is terrific. I started reading after dinner, and was still reading at nearly 11:00 when it was time for bed. I’m particularly enjoying how successful Jeff is at capturing the flavor of the era.Don Tarbutton
Exploring the lives of Carl Holman and Jimmy Harper, I had to learn to see through eyes that were not familiar with a post-Stonewall world. These characters were figuring out homosexuality, just as I had, growing up in a small town in rural Washington State.
I studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In 1992 I retrained in medical lab work and later in medical coding, and I worked for many years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports. This medical background led to the creation of Carl Holman MD, while a deep dive into gay history and Oregon’s past shaped much of the rest of the trilogy. A novel writing class at The Attic Institute, A Haven for Writers, and a year with a creative writing group helped me bring this story out of the closet.
I have lived in Portland, Oregon, for many years with my longtime partner, Ken, and our unruly garden. Acquaintance is my first novel and Book 1 of Medicine for the Blues.