Doug Lucas is a retired marine who has worked as both a combat photographer and forensic photographer. He is part of Pipe Dreams Publishing - and if you're thinking of submitting work to his publishing house - visit his website first - cos he's got something to say to you: http://tinyurl.com/co9h8r6 In fact, just visit is website anyway - it's really funny!
Conversations with a Dead Man
A young man idles away his time in a rural church yard and finds himself deep in conversation with John Wesley Elder. Nothing unusual in that you might think, but John Wesley Elder is dead. The young man soon finds out that being dead doesn't mean you have nothing to say, or that what you did in life should be forgotten, and the story of John Wesley Elder's life unfolds. The Elder family escape from the feudal hardships of life in eighteenth century Ireland and come to the New World. Here they build a new life and John learns the importance of hard work and self-sufficiency. His life is full of hard knocks but he is nobodies fool and he tell his tale with wry humor. He describes the hard work and community spirit involved in building the Elk River settlement, the growing unhappiness with the Crown and taxation and the hardships and struggle of the American War of Independence. And threaded throughout the story is the tale of his relationship with the Native American Ester, the love of his life.