British author, Jacqueline Malcolm, joins the United States in Remembering…
January 1st 1863, during the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued an order famously declaring that ‘all persons held as slaves…are, and henceforth shall be free…’ and as America step up to the plate to remember the 150th Anniversary of this Emancipation Proclamation through a plethora of big budget movies and events, Seaburn Publishing Group release the first book of her trilogy, SLAVE: Escaping the Chains of Freedom.
Lincoln’s order did not immediately apply to all slaves in the US at that time: It could not be enforced in the rebellious states until they had been fought and won by the Union Army; nor could it be applied to the five slave states that were not in rebellion and so forth, but from the moment of its announcement the Emancipation Proclamation transformed the heart of the Civil War to a fight not just to save the Union but for man’s freedom.
Set a century earlier in 18th Century New York, SLAVE: Escaping the Chains of Freedom introduces its reader to Hezekiah Thomas, a mulatto slave, born to his white General Father and slave mother, who becomes a free man for the first time in his life. But with this freedom comes an unfamiliar weight of responsibility and we watch as one decision fueled by pure ambition leads him down a road of disastrous consequence where not only everything he loves and everything he holds dear is put into great jeopardy but he faces losing the one thing he had wanted above all else; his freedom.
When asked what inspired her to write this story, Ms. Malcolm said; “I wanted to explore an alternative set of events and not only high-light the motives behind my black ancestors that seemingly profited from the trade but also open a window into our own hearts by asking; how far will we go to survive and how far will we go for a profit?”
Northhampton, England native Jacqueline Malcolm has enjoyed a long lasting professional career in administration and event management to an executive level. A classically trained actress (New York and London), Malcolm has had a passion for writing since a very early age. A published author of the children’s book, The Adventures of Lucy the Lamb, her other writing credits to date include a myriad of stage plays, screenplays and commissioned pieces. Ms. Malcolm presently lives on the Island of Syros, Greece with her family and welcomes visitors to her site; www.jacquelinemalcolm.com
On January 31, 2013 @ 9pm, you can meet Ms. Malcolm at Delice Cafe in Syros, Greece, where she will present SLAVE: Escaping the Chains of Freedom Book & Play Reading, and will sign books after the presentation. I look forward to catching up with her during her North American Book Tour in February, 2013.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
‘I was swept up in the story, relishing in the way it would ease into a comfortable pace before whisking away on new revelations. It was always a step ahead of me, and the ending left me breathless in the way that great reading experiences often do.’ Casee Marie – Literary Inklings ‘An historical epic grand piece of theatre.’
Ben Guillory – Robey Theatre Company
‘As a historical matter, this work is enlightening and fascinating as it represents a piece of history whose scope was larger than many knew. As entertainment, it is brilliant, on target and fluid in its storytelling.’
Ken Melamed – Bret Adams Agency
‘Moving, surprising, loving, disturbing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting more.’
Consuelo Gonzalez – EMMY award-winning Director
LICENCES / COPYRIGHT / ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
© April 2010 Jacqueline Malcolm (Story created in Play form)
© December 2011, Jacqueline Malcolm (Novel) – ISBN-10: 1592323855
Cover Artwork by Karol D. Malcolm – http://www.karoltheartist.com
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