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Brian Mahoney





I've been a lot of things, but career-wise, I've developed many web and software products. I'm a published textbook author/contributor, and a published historical fiction author (see below).


These days, I'm back on the keyboard to write about Woke mythology. Woke Is A Joke, is due out in spring/summer, 2023. 

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Another passion of mine is writing music and songs. If I were to rank it, I'd say I'm first a songwriter, second a reluctant singer, and third an OK guitar player with no plans to improve. For years I wrote my own songs and played solo or in Chicago rock bands.


That said, music is better heard than talked about! Many of my songs were written as "art for art's sake" and not for display or attention - I'd write them for fun and move on to the next itch or inclination. 


If at all curious, check out my music site and listen to a few demos - some rough but whatever. My group is called Written In Water and our commercial songwriting effort is called Written In Water Songworks. Terry (Left above) writes some great melodies and Jim plays percussion instruments.


Listen @

(Note: these are demos, not full studio productions.)

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Selected Historical Fiction Stories by Brian Mahoney

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"I Have A Dream" is a story that puts young readers in the crowd for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic speech. Young readers meet National Park Service Officer Bob Flanigan, a man bored on the job, and Brenda Johnson, aka "The Polka-Dot Lady" a woman who knows how to help him listen. As MLK's vision of a colorblind America booms around them, Brenda's lesson begins.


Read more here.

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In the War of Independence, the British army regularly defeated the under-supplied and overwhelmed Continental Army. In the fall of 1778, Washington's volunteers failed again to stop the Redcoats - this time from taking Philadelphia. And as it was custom to delay fighting over winter, Washington was forced to bring his sick and starving troops to a barren place called Valley Forge. The Redcoats would likely deliver the final coup de grace come spring.


In my story, John Morris, a young doctor, leaves his comfortable Philadelphia home to join them at Valley Forge, and he is horrified by what he finds there.

Read more here.

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A 2021 study published in Nature Magazine confirmed that the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows (in Newfoundland, Canada) was founded about 1,000 years ago - centuries before Columbus arrived. This is the first European settlement in the Americas. Interesting that researchers used a 992 AD solar storm event that left evidence in tree rings to confirm that the Erik The Red's son Thorstein's group arrived in the Americas around 1021 AD.


This was lucky news for me because I'd already written a story about Vinland (with the help of the 13th century Icelandic Sagas and other sources). I used scraps of information to create the most realistic version of what it may have been like there.

Read more here.

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The Chrisholm Trail is a story about a famous cattle drive trail that ran from Texas up to the Kansas City railroad depot. In my story, we join a gambler and gunfighter, a "tenderfoot" cowpuncher, and a variety of hard men to drive longhorns for two months up the trail. The worst place to ride is "drag" or in the back of the herd - here our trusty narrator earns his spurs, and young readers ride along.

Read more here.