For the second consecutive Christmas season, Minerd.com is pleased to promote a cousin-authored book published during the past year. Here, Jack and Carol (Surber) Lewis, of the family of Anna Belle (Miner) McCormick, display his inaugural title of fiction, Storm Coming: A Novel of the Civil War in Western Virginia.
Published by Carol's company, Surber Press, and based on a true story, Storm Coming is the first of a trilogy of Civil War novels chronicling the fateful events of 1861 in western Virginia, as a young man learns to cope with his world turned upside down by war. View Jack's website for ordering details.
You may recall that Jack was featured in the Minerd.com "Photo of the Month" for January 2006, in an image showing him and his U.S. Coast Guard Academy rifle team meeting then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon circa 1957.
Jack has had careers as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, marine engineer, corporate CEO, software developer, horse breeder/trainer, textbook author and, late in life, a registered nurse, volunteer paramedic and washtub bass player in an oldtime string band. Educated at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and MIT, Jack is a registered professional engineer. He is an avid history buff, has had a decades-long fascination with the Civil War and has contributed significantly to this website. He and his brother Tom have helped host Lewis Reunions over the years.
Last December's "Photo of the Month" featured Jeff Minerd -- the guest speaker at the Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor national reunion in July 2000 -- and his first book, a fantasy adventure novel named The Sailweaver's Son.