Stephen Kenneth Figler

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I am a writer of novels and short fiction in the areas of family, historical fiction, mystery, humor, and political satire (with a decidedly progressive bent). I'm finding that the themes of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and outrage tend to weave through my work. In my former lives I was a factory laborer, then a print journalist in New York City and Philadelphia, then a California university professor, producing three published books and numerous articles. I'm much happier in my present story-telling life.

Published: Sport and Play in American Life (McGraw-Hill, 3 editions), Athletes Game Plan for College & Career, (Peterson's Guides), and Going the Distance (Peterson's Guides/​Petrel Press).

Not yet published: Max in Repose -- three wives of Max living together after his death; Hangtown -- historical fiction of linked stories about the California Gold Rush; Swine at Sea -- political satire about an auto-didact and very verbal pig running for president; Altadena's Demise -- a semi-comic murder mystery; Bad Guys -- short stories about the trials and tribulations of bad guys.

Selected Works

Short Story Collection
Bad Guys
The characters are hard boiled, but sometimes soft in the noggin and not especially "wise" guys. They are not especially successful at crime and tend to be a bit twisted, but in an entertaining way. Sure there's some murder and mayhem, but these fellas, and their women (including grandmothers) go about life and death in a manner that leads you to like them.
Historical Fiction
Hangtown (finished novel manuscript)
In a California Gold Rush town, five people determine who will get hanged and for what reason, while an 18-year-old boy journeys to Hangtown leaving a trail of bodies.
Contemporary Fiction
Max in Repose (finished novel manuscript)
The three wives of Max must live together for a year to share in his estate
Murder Mystery, with some laughs
Altadena's Demise
Small-town cop Aza Kvetchmore and his beloved find the Camelot Town Council guilty of murder.
Political Satire
Swine at Sea (political satire--in progress)
Rrrandy Wurst, autodidact hog, takes on the Neocon pseudo-pigs of the Corporatocracy
Thriller Fiction
Moira Rules (thriller-in-progress)
Zack Jacobsen, having fulfiiled his final murder contract in Portugal, wants to get home to live out his days selling Infiniti's, but someone conspires against him.

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