Thank you, readers, for your supportive emails and suggestions for future books. I anticipate that my next book will be released at the end of 2020. I wrote my first novel while employed full-time. I began writing Desert Prophets many years ago and outlined it as a screenplay. After tinkering, I changed it to a book.
Desert Prophets is a genre hybrid combining the historical family saga and picaresque novel.
According to author Bill Smith, "The family saga is a genre of literature which chronicles the lives and doings of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of time… this is often a thematic device used to portray particular historical events, changes of social circumstances, or the ebb and flow of fortunes from a multitude of perspectives." According to the online encyclopedia, Wiki, "An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the period depicted.” Picaresque novels combine comedy with satire and include a roguish hero surviving by his wits while navigating a corrupt society.
Historical Family Saga Novels:
Roots by Alex Haley
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
Chesapeake by James A. Michener
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain