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A few years ago, I really got into Abraham Lincoln, and I did a lot of reading about his life and times. So much so that I was inspired to write a short story. I took an actual incident in his life -- a trip down the Mississippi River at the age of 19 with a friend -- and spun an adventure story out of it. Lincoln and young Allen Gentry steered a flatboat full of supplies down-river to sell in New Orleans. It was during that trip that the two were attacked, and Lincoln received the scar over his right eye. But I added another kind of danger along the river . . . . There's nothing supernatural in this story. It's sort of Lincoln-as-action-hero, but I think it's historically accurate. Lincoln was, after all, a champion wrestler and one heck of a reader. Plus, the story is loaded with Lincolnisms and Lincoln lore. It's a celebration of Lincoln. And I gave it a Trek-inspired twist. What's not to love?

It was hard finding a place to publish it. No one seems to want more or less straight historical fiction anymore. But Lissette's Tales of the Imagination specializes in "stories with historical settings or established mythologies and legendary realms." And they produce a nice, large-format publication like the magazines of my youth.

"The Flatboat" is now available in Issue 6 at Lissette's.

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