The best indie faction novels

Stevie Turner Author Of A Rather Unusual Romance
By Stevie Turner

Who am I?

I am, have always been, and always will be a realist. Therefore I find ‘Faction’ books, biographies, and memoirs more interesting, as I can learn from them and know that some or all of the events are true. They say ‘write what you know’ and so when it came to writing A Rather Unusual Romance I did just that. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 thyroid cancer back in 2005, and decided to weave the 15-year journey back to health I undertook into the pages of a fictional romance, with Alan and Erin similarly affected by thyroid cancer. Every procedure they had to endure was true because I had to go through it as well (without the romance)!


I wrote...

A Rather Unusual Romance

By Stevie Turner,

Book cover of A Rather Unusual Romance

What is my book about?

Erin Mason, divorced and with two teenage sons, finds her world begins to fall apart when she undergoes what is termed a "life event", and is diagnosed with cancer. Not too far away somebody else, Alan Beaumont, is also suffering a similar fate. Their paths slowly come together in this inspiring and humorous ‘Faction’ tale (fiction based on fact) which loosely features events during my own journey through thyroid cancer, and shows how love can flourish in the most unlikely of circumstances.

The books I picked & why

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The East End Butcher Boy

By Joe E. Lawrence,

Book cover of The East End Butcher Boy

Why this book?

This coming-of-age memoir takes me back to my early years living in the East End of London in the 1960s, where people were hard up and renowned for ‘ducking and diving’ and dodgy dealings. Joe’s boss Roy had many such deals going on in the back of his butcher’s shop. Over time Joe became aware that Roy sold much more than just meat, and in fact was raking in more money doing shady deals than selling the usual beef, pork, and lamb. Very entertaining!   


One Hot Summer

By Ian Barker,

Book cover of One Hot Summer

Why this book?

If you were a teenager (like I was) at the same time as the book’s main character, John Burton, you will be swept away on a journey of nostalgia back to your youth in the 1970s. Memories will come flooding back about that special time in your life when you were young and finding out about love, sex, loss, and death.  Recommended!


Portrait of Our Marriage

By Martha Emms,

Book cover of Portrait of Our Marriage

Why this book?

Because it is another ‘Faction’ novel. Martha found the inspiration to write this book from dreams, from watching a TV show featuring Oprah Winfrey interviewing various men suffering from an addiction to pornography, and from information given to her by 8 wives whose marriages were affected by their husbands’ addictions. Addiction to porn is a very real problem in these modern times.


They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher

By Pete Springer,

Book cover of They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher

Why this book?

This book is based on fact and is more of a memoir. Pete Springer takes us, sometimes with humor, through the ups and downs of his 30-year teaching career.  In doing so he gives much advice suitable for new recruits to the teaching profession.  My son Leon, once labelled by teachers as ‘distracted and distracting’, would have benefited from Pete’s superior teaching skills I’m sure.  


Ours, Yours and Mines: A Family Saga Set in the Miners' Rows of Ayrshire Scotland in the Mid-1800s to Early 1900s

By Carmel McMurdo Audsley,

Book cover of Ours, Yours and Mines: A Family Saga Set in the Miners' Rows of Ayrshire Scotland in the Mid-1800s to Early 1900s

Why this book?

This is another book for fans of ‘Faction’. This focuses on the lives of several Victorian Scottish miners and their families. The author based her book on research gleaned from her own McMurdo ancestors, and you are transported immediately to the two-roomed cottages where large families lived cheek-by-jowl and TB, miner’s lungs, and many other diseases were rife and women were worn out by the time they were 40. Fascinating glimpses of times past.


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