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Diving into an era of West Virginia’s history that’s marked by violence and unrest, author RG Yoho combined fact and fiction in his latest work of historical fiction: Return to Matewan. Yoho will visit [location name] in [city] on [date, month] at [time] to talk about Return to Matewan and all of his books.
Return to Matewan spins a tale of historical fiction from the coal country of West Virginia. Sid Hatfield, the town’s Sheriff, is fighting to stop the coal company’s Baldwin-Felts Agency detectives from evicting a number of coal miners beginning to unionize. As tensions reach a breaking point, the ensuing exchanges of gunfire leave seven detectives lying dead in the streets of Matewan, and before long Sid is among the casualties.
The Baldwin-Felts agency is to blame, but what nobody realizes is that Sid is shot right in front of Sid’s illegitimate son, Billy, whom Sid just learned he had. As Sid and Billy lock eyes in Sid’s final moments, Billy is thrust into seeking vengeance for the father he was never able to know.
The conflict between Sid and the Baldwin-Felts Agency are all true to history. Billy, though, is a character of Yoho’s own design- no one knows for sure if Sid had an illegitimate son, though researchers like Yoho deem it possible if not likely. Billy seeks vengeance on real-life characters whom history shows died mysterious, unexplained deaths illuminated by Yoho’s fiction.
Return to Matewan is a product of Yoho’s love for history, his upbringing in West Virginia and his intrinsic connection to the coal mining industry. It was his inquiry into the history of Matewan, West Virginia, that brought about Return to Matewan.
“I’m curious about things, things that I find in history that don’t make sense to me,” Yoho said. “I think there’s a little detective in me, too. I want to know what else happened, and why.”
It’s his inquisitive nature that drives Yoho to fill in history’s gaps with his own imagination, bringing together truth and fiction.
Yoho’s philosophy on writing is that the story should be both action-packed and guided by strong characters.
“I like to know about characters. I think characters ought to drive stories- but the characters ought to drive somewhere, too,” Yoho said. He keeps his readers glued to the page with consistent doses of adventure, and with little to no of what Yoho calls the “naval lint-staring” that can occupy the modern novel.
Among Yoho’s other works are five Westerns that chronicle the action of Kellen Malone and the characters- both noble and sinister- that he encounters on his journeys through the American West.
Yoho writes from his home- or just about anywhere- in Little Hocking, Ohio. His varied career also includes work as a political columnist, radio talk show host, and as a laboratory technician and a process operator in the chemicals industry. Married for more than 30 years, Yoho has 3 children, a nephew he raised and 5 grandchildren.
Learn more about Yoho, his books and where to purchase them at his website, www.RGYoho.com. Hear him talk about his books and have your copy signed in-person at [location] on [date] at [time].
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