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TRAPPER KEEPER: Author Mark C. Jackson brings fur trapper Zebadiah Creed to Full Circle

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Author Mark Jackson holds a copy of his first novel, An Eye for an Eye. Jackson is slated to sign copies of his novel at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 NW Expressway, on June 28th at 6:30 p.m.
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SAN DIEGO, California—Native Okie Mark C. Jackson has made a big name for himself out on the West Coast as an award-winning multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter over the past couple of decades. Wanting to expand on his writing skills a little bit, he took a class in flash fiction, not really knowing how it—or his character, Zebadiah Creed—would change his life.

“In 2010, I started writing poetry and had a few pieces published,” Jackson said. “It inspired me to take a class in flash fiction, where you write a story at around a hundred words. For one of the class projects, I wrote a short story called “The Hanging,” based on a dream I had in my early 20s. That’s where I found my character, Zebadiah Creed.  With the success of that short story, I found I could write prose and then the idea of the further tales of Zebadiah Creed just came to me and I just kept writing.”

Set in 1835, An Eye for An Eye, the first book in the Tales of Zebadiah Creed series, is the “harrowing” tale of fur trapper Zebadiah Creed, taking a trip by steamboat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans to exact revenge for the brutal murder of his brother. Jackson said that to get the characters and time period just right, it took a “tremendous” amount of research.

“I had to learn everything from how long a keelboat fur traders would use coming down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers had to be, to how long a trip that would be, as well as finding out who the keelboats and steamboats were owned by,” Jackson said. “I did research on how the trappers sold their furs at the rendezvous points and how they got them down the rivers and how they lived at the time, something as simple as how they used char-cloth to strike a fire and, at one point, I actually went out and shot black powder rifles to see what it felt like to shoot a rifle like that during that time period.”

Noted for its realistic depiction of frontier life, as well as for the engaging story itself, An Eye for An Eye has not only earned accolades from Booklist but was recently named Editors’ Choice by the prestigious Historical Novel Society Review.

Jackson will be signing copies of An Eye for An Eye this Wednesday evening, June 28th at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. The signing starts at 6:30 p.m. and will also include a talk and question and answer session.

“I’m an Okie native son, born and raised,” Jackson added. “Even though I live in San Diego, I still have red dirt under my fingernails. I think that’s evident when you read An Eye for An Eye. So I ask everybody to come out and hear me talk about my first book, pick a copy and explore with Zebadiah Creed and myself. I can’t wait to share it with my family and friends back there in Oklahoma City.”

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