Published Books


Writing books, especially historical novels, is expensive. After deciding on a topic for a book, one must do research, often a great deal of research. Much can be learned online, but the ideal method of research is to travel to the locations covered in the story and to spend time in such places as the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

My first three novels were entirely researched online, but I know that each of those books would have been a whole lot better had I been able to afford to travel to such places as I mentioned above. I would still love to travel to the locations in each of my books, if for nothing more than to see where the events in my books took place. It is my hope that one day in the not too distant future, that I will be able to visit those locations.

Although, as of yet, I have no plans for another historical novel, when or if I do, I hope that this time, through donations, that I will be able to actually travel to the locations that I will be writing about. Either way, I hope and pray that you will be willing to donate to the continued pursuit of writing historical novels. Thank you.


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2 Responses to Published Books

  1. Gene Eric Salecker says:

    Hello Mike: Your book is one of the best on the common soldier in the Civil War, covering enlistment, training, campaigning, battle, prison, and of course, the voyage on the Sultana. I was glad to be a small part of your writing experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of a Civil War soldier and the experiences of some of the men on the steamboat Sultana. Gene Salecker

    • mjoslin says:

      Hello Gene:
      Thank you for that, it means a lot to me.
      When I discovered a comment from you, it only showed about half of the first sentence because I had to give approval before they published it. I am still learning this website business so I had to figure out where to go in order to approve your comment.
      I sent emails to the Sultana Museum, to Jonathan Matthews at Cahaba, and to the Andersonville gift shop. I have yet to hear from the first two, but I did hear from Andersonville. The problem here is that the gift shop is apparently run by They have a bunch of forms that I would be required to fill out before they even give me approval. Frankly, I am a somewhat intelligent man but, a lot of what they ask I don’t understand at all. I think I may pass on that one.


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