Jenean McBrearty is a graduate of San Diego State University, who taught Political Science and Sociology, and will receive her MFA in 2021. Her fiction, poetry, and photographs have been published in over two-hundred-fifty print and on-line journals. Her how-to book, Writing Beyond the Self; How to Write Creative Non-fiction that Gets Published was published by Vine Leaves Press in 2018. She won the Eastern Kentucky English Department Award for Graduate Creative Non-fiction in 2011, and a Silver Pen Award in 2015 for her noir short story: Red’s Not Your Color. Genres are: noir, speculative/SF, war, and mystery.
Specialty: Gritterary --- High concept stories delivered with accessible dialogue and edgy plots.
Favorite quote: Prof. Robert Johnson, Eastern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Writing Studio. "Keep submitting. Someday, someone will like what you write." He's been right hundreds of times. It was the best advice I ever got.
Unique traits: Academically trained in the social sciences with an emphasis in applied and analytical research, and a rabid interest in history.
The Man Who Made the Sun Come Up Budget: $5M - $10M | Historical ⋄ Family Seven-year-old Della learns about life's hardships and dangers from twelve-year-old Larry Spivy, his brooding father, and the KKK in Depression era Arkansas; and about forgiveness and the beauty a violin can make when it's played by an old black man in a boathouse.
The Tarnished Halo of Father Bergonzoli Budget: $5M - $10M | Mystery ⋄ Crime After the murder of the Bishop of a small diocese in Italy, the new priest, a recent arrival and American born son of a well-known police detective takes over the investigation. All too soon his life, and his vocation, are in jeopardy.
The General's Lady Budget: $5M - $10M | Romance ⋄ Drama Aaron van Gelder has waited too long to leave Austria. Now his life depends on a beautiful woman he can never have, her Jew-smuggling husband and his war hero brother, General Karl Bruckner.
I am a credit to my family, who thought I'd never amount to much.
Silver Pen Award: Fiction
EKU English Department Award Graduate Non-Fiction
Pacific Bell Telesis Award for Outstanding Teaching
Phi Beta Kappa