It’s my pleasure today to welcome author Gwen Plano back to Words To Captivate. Gwen is not only a good friend and former colleague but she is also an excellent wordsmith and storyteller. This post will serve to highlight her newly released novel “THE CHOICE, the Unexpected Heroes” and tell you about the author. Please give Gwen a warm welcome here today.
Edward W. Barrett, the former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University made the claim, “Above all, one seeks the attitude of ruthless fairness, of reporting what he dislikes as honestly as what he likes — in short, true intellectual integrity.”
The scene: Documents related to the cabal were sent digitally to journalism departments at key universities across the United States and abroad. Also sent was an invitation to a debriefing at the base. In the following exchange writer, Julie Underwood addresses students and their questions.
Students line up and approach the mic. Ms Underwood asks that they begin by introducing themselves and identifying their college.
“Raymond Augustine from the University of Connecticut. You sent the evidence to journalism departments. Why?”
“First of all, you must have taken a redeye flight to get here, Ray. Thank you for doing so. To your question, I sent the information where I did because students are naturally investigative. They question, they search, and they want to cover a real story. This is a REAL story. This is what a story looks like when not fed to you. It is raw, scary, and potentially life-threatening. Just yesterday, a crucial player in this cabal was murdered while behind bars. The Lion made sure the man could never speak. However, we made sure that you and objective reporters would see the evidence. If someone tries to change the facts, you will know it, and you will remember this day.”
“James Ahern, NBC News. Ms Underwood, don’t you think you’ve exaggerated things, maybe come to misleading conclusions?”
“Mr Ahern, in what way do you believe I exaggerated? As I stated, close to two-dozen people have died. Executed. All associated in one way or another with the Lion. Tell me, how do you imagine that anyone inflated this story?”
“It’s just a question.”
“Who paid for you to travel here today, Mr Ahern? What are your marching orders? Would you like to share?”
Students start to yell at James Ahern, and Security Forces move closer to the stands. Admiral Parker walks to the mic. “Could we have quiet, please.”
Growing up in Southern California, Gwen Plano loved learning. She earned four degrees and taught and served in universities and colleges across the country and in Japan. Now retired, she is focused on writing. Gwen’s first book, Letting Go into Perfect Love, is a memoir. Her second book, The Contract, is a thriller co-authored by John W. Howell. Gwen lives in the Midwest with her husband, and when she is not writing, she is travelling, usually to see one of her four children and many grandchildren.