Thatcher Carter: Fiction and Nonfiction
I'm Thatcher Carter, a fiction and nonfiction writer. I come from a long line of grudge-keepers. My father stopped talking to his brother when I was a toddler, cutting off half our family. Then, my mother stopped talking to her sister for decades, further depleting our holiday tables. Since I was a child, I have read books as a way to understand these complex human relationships; every novel serves as a blueprint of what to embrace or avoid. My writing also centers around this mystery of human relationships.
I teach at my local community college in Riverside, CA, just up the road from my house. When I'm not teaching composition, Shakespeare, Women's Literature, or American Literature, I'm usually home reading or out walking with my husband and two dogs.
I'm currently finishing a novel called RAZED (82,000 words). Here's the general premise:
In 1958, Lucy saw her white father attack a Black man at a neighborhood protest, but because her sister Ginny wasn’t there, their visions of the world and their father diverged. Ginny held onto their father’s reputation as the generous local hero who used federal funds to bring the interstate highway to their town. Lucy went to the newspaper and confronted their father directly, but she lost her inheritance, her home, and her close relationship with her sister.
Now in 1973, Lucy has accepted this exile and created a separate life with a loving girlfriend and a form-filling business inside a Jewish deli. She has only a superficial relationship with her family; she keeps her political ideas and sexuality to herself. But at their father’s funeral, Ginny announces a city-wide plan to honor him with a statue, and at the same time, their father’s former secretary gives Lucy an accordion file of incriminating information about their father’s misdeeds. Lucy sees another chance to pull the scales from her sister’s eyes, or even better, her niece Sarah is now old enough to know the truth about her beloved grandfather. Lucy follows the evidence until she is convinced the protestor was killed and buried in the backyard of the Wilson family mansion. How much will she risk bringing the truth to light?
You can reach me at email@example.com.