Runnin' Shine - progress report

Jim has suggested I get back into the habit of writing a blog about my new book, Runnin’ Shine, down highway nine.

I stopped writing because I was spending more time doing research than I was writing. Moonshine is an interesting subject, but to write about it I had to learn it’s history, how it was made, how moonshiners and bootleggers are different, what whiskey trippers do…and that led to Model T’s and that led to how do they work, and that led to how mechanics made them run faster and that led to revenuers who chased the trippers and eventually that led to Prohibition and that led to….well you get the idea.

I drove to Dawsonville, the one-time heart of the moonshine trade, visited ASW Atlanta’s Hometown Distillery, went to a dirt track race in Senoia, did a drive-by of the Atlanta Federal Pen (because one of my characters does time there for not paying taxes on moonshine) and took a tour of Talladega Raceway, just to mention a few trips.

Eventually I worked my way to WWII, basic training, shipping out, serving in Europe, the Normandy Beach Invasion, getting wounded, coming home, going back to dirt-track racing, and eventually to the birth of NASCAR.

The story starts in 1940 and ends in 1950. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first draft. I just don’t know how to make research interesting without telling you the whole story of the book. 

All this stuff so far, is just the setting of the story. I haven’t even mentioned the characters yet.

It has been a fascinating ride but rather than drown you in facts, I’ll introduce you to some of the characters.  Stay tuned.

By the way - at the top it says "No Comments". This is misleading. It is not an instruction.  If you click on it, it will bring up a screen where you can leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you.

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1. Jim | September 15, 2017 at 12:48 PM EDT

If you click on \No Comment\ it will give you a screen to make a comment. It's a little misleading.

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