J. A. Lourenco

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Writing is a Hobby. As such, it is intended primarily for the writer's pleasure.
 Still, it is very gratifying when you learn that a particular reader enjoyed a story you weaved or found your work entertaining or even enlightening.


The adventure of writing a complete book started when, immediately after September 11, 2001, and partly because of it, my career in industry hit a speed bump and I found myself with plenty of free time. As most of us remember, shortly after the 9/11 attack, there was a less traumatic but equally frightening event - the anthrax scare - which created havoc with mail delivery for months and generated temporary panic at all levels of society. It turned out to be just a deranged loner, but it got me thinking: What if, instead of carried out by a lunatic, this bio-attack had been a well-planned, well-funded, careful and thorough terrorist act, involving a real contagious and deadly agent? The result of this “What If” thinking was Pandemic, a work of fiction that reviewers have found eye-opening and plausible.

My second book, On the Banks of the Zambezi, is a much more personal story. As a first generation American born and raised in Portugal, I grew up during the tail end of the Portuguese colonial empire when the dictatorial government in Lisbon stubbornly tried to hold on to the shadows of former glory. I remember, as a child, the fear of young boys shipped out from my homeland to places like Angola, Mozambique, Goa, Guine-Bissau, Timor, and others, to fight a remote war we knew very little about. I remember the angst of the families they left behind, with no contact for three or four years except for a sporadic letter, living with the fear of seeing them return in a body bag, as was often the case. I also remember the stories they told after they finally came back. As fate would have it, years later I met, fell in love, and married a young refugee from one of those places, Mozambique, who had experienced, first-hand, the horrors of the colonial war, then the civil war after the young nation’s independence. Her personal story, as the child of white parents attempting to carve out a living in the interior of Africa, is quite fascinating by itself. On the Banks of the Zambezi is based on these stories, an attempt to tell a piece of Africa’s history that has not been well recorded, in a way that makes it real.

These titles are available for your enjoyment. Check their respective pages for more information, along with comments from previous readers. If curious enough and decide to read them, I hope you like them. Whatever your reaction, your honest comments will always be welcome. Please drop me a note at lourenco@scriptor.us.
                                                                                                               

                                                                                              J. A. Lourenco

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