MSU professor to publish first novel

Mississippi State University professor of kinesiology Stan Brown’s novel “The Legacy” is his first non-academic book to be published. Two more will follow in 2018, a fantasy novel called “The Stonehenge Chronicles” and a middle-grade novel titled “Fallen Wizard.
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CHARLIE BENTON
Staff Writer

A Starkvillian’s first novel will be released Saturday on Black Opal Books. 

Mississippi State University professor of kinesiology Stan Brown’s novel “The Legacy” is his first non-academic book to be published. Two more will follow in 2018, a fantasy novel called “The Stonehenge Chronicles” and a middle-grade novel titled “Fallen Wizard.” 

Brown said he started writing fiction to deal with the boredom of academic writing, and decided to try to get his work published due to the difficulty of getting a fiction manuscript published. 

“I just challenged myself to see if I could actually get published in fiction, and it’s happening, so we’ll see where it goes,” said Brown, who has taught kineseoloy at MSU for a decade. “I got onto fiction about 12 years ago basically out of boredom. I had written a lot and published a lot in academics. I sat down one day, and started writing down some ideas, which became my first book."

Brown said “The Legacy” is the story of Harry Black, a 27-year-old man from Mississippi, who comes from an old money family. The protagonist discovers a terrorist plot he must solve. 

“It’s being billed as a paranormal thriller set in Mississippi and Washington D.C.,” Brown said. “It’s about terrorists and ghosts.” 

Brown said his fiction writing is based mostly on his own taste in literature. 

“I just create stuff,” Brown said. “I’m an avid reader from my preteen years throughout my life. I write based off what I read.” 

Brown said he had sequels in progress for all his projects. He said he had never taken a creative writing class, and few people knew of his non-academic writing. 

The book will be available on Amazon as a paperback, with the possibility of it being available through other booksellers. Brown also said he hoped to have an event for the new book at the MSU Barnes and Noble or another local bookstore.

“We’ll see how it’s received by the general public once it gets out there,” Brown said. 

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