Wagner Siebenthaler is doing well for himself. He is the blue-collar success story. He has a thriving business, a nice house, a pretty wife, a growing daughter and a girlfriend on the side. He’s living the good life.
That all changes when his daughter is sexually assaulted. Now all Wagner wants is revenge. That obsession for vengeance, however, pries open a small crack in his psyche. What comes out is a tsunami of pain and violence that crashes across the Kentucky landscape carrying away the lives of anyone close to him.
In this brutally honest novel, Howard McEwen explores the meaning of Manhood and Fatherhood in a modern America that marginalizes the virtues of men and fathers.
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I’m not sure I write in a genre. What I do is try to tell a story honestly. If it develops into a genre, that’s great. Genre sells books.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write, then write, then write some more but all the time have someone to read it and give honest feedback. Don’t necessarily change how you write based on their feedback but learn how your writing is perceived. That helps you become a better writer.
Howard McEwen is a husband, father, financial advisor, writer, beekeeper and bartender living in Bellevue, Kentucky.
I was inspired to write Daddy Issues after witnessing the increased absence of father’s from the lives of their children. In this novel, we witness how a flawed selfish man’s choices bend and shape the choices his daughters makes.
It’s also a novel about responsibility and the man’s inability to accept it.
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