More than 200 years after the last article of The Federalist published in the New York periodical, The Independent Journal, it is still one of the most compelling propositions put forth supporting the United States Constitution.
Because of my admiration for the 87 articles of The Federalist, for many years I inspired to write a book that would zealously promote the concepts of Liberty. For the longest time, I thought that the book would be non-fiction. I could not determine how to write a fictional story about such a topic and make it entertaining and exciting.
Then, out of my frustration for what I viewed as the incompetence and tyrannical actions of our government, characters began to develop and frame a novel.
The Original title of the book was We The 50. How and why I changed it to the Latin designation was a long process and a decision I didn’t take lightly. In fact, it was not until the final edit that I decided to name the book.
From the beginning, I was inspired to write a novel that would pay tribute to the Founders of our country, convey the story in a compelling, thought provoking way, and, above all else, be entertaining.
I wanted the work to reflect the energy and power of The Federalist. To me, the Federalist is the free exchange of ideas promoting the concepts of Liberty. Because the concepts of Liberty are so volatile and contestable, the story that emerged was equally explosive and combative. From its inception to completion, my commitment to the book was to produce the best historical fiction I could, a book worthy of The Federalist.
Upon completion of Publius, I felt satisfied that the fictional characters of Isham Randolph, Thomas Jackson, and Richard Haler embodied the truth and conviction that Madison, Hamilton, and Jay envisioned when they penned the articles and essays of The Federalist.
I wanted to write a powerful thriller and create a character driven story full of action, an exciting plot, and dramatic twists and turns.
In this regard, Publius: Libertas Aut Mors is an exciting book. The characters I created and the story I tell in the pages of Publius: Libertas Aut Mors push the envelope of the political thriller.
However, it is with the book’s message that I am most happy.
The message of Liberty.
It is this message that resounds throughout the book and provides the underlining energy that I believe sets Publius: Libertas Aut Mors apart from other books. Across its pages, the concepts of Liberty come alive in an explosive, thrilling story that is timely and unforgettable.