Why Boston? A Plea For Support

Let me start with this:  For those of you who don’t know, I am hosting a fundraiser/giveaway to benefit the victims of the Boston Bombing through the One Fund of Boston.  The details on the fundraiser and how the various giveaways work can be found here:  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DBJacksonThieftaker/thieftakergiveaway  You can also make your donation at that site, and I would urge you — beg you — to do so.  Many victims of the bombing face years of rehabilitation and medical treatment, the costs of which are scarcely comprehensible.  Though the bombing itself has faded from the headlines, its impact on people’s lives continues to be devastating.

It is, I suppose, fair to ask why a New Yorker like me feels so connected to the city of Boston.  Part of the answer lies in my youth, in the fact that all of my (much older) siblings attended college in the Boston area, so that visits to the city became a recurring part of my childhood.  Part of it may lie in the fact that I went to college in Providence, and spent a good deal of my early adulthood in Boston.  Part of it may even lie in the fact that as a Yankee fan, a Knicks fan, a Rangers fan, a Giants fan, I have gained a healthy respect for our New England rivals and their fans.

More than that, though, my love of Boston grows out of my study of U.S. history.  During the years immediately before the American Revolutionary War, Boston was the epicenter of the Colonial rebellion.  This was true not merely because people like Samuel Adams and James Otis, Paul Revere and Joseph Warren were willing to agitate for separation from the Crown and Parliament, although they were.  It was true because so many of the intellectuals who began to conceive of a new form of government lived in the city.  Yes, there were leaders elsewhere — Dickinson and Franklin in Pennsylvania, Madison, Jefferson, and Henry in Virginia — but the concentration of political action and thought in Boston at the time was stunning.

This is one of the reasons why I set my Thieftaker series (written as D.B. Jackson) in Boston in the 1760s.  I wanted an urban setting in Colonial America.  I wanted a city with a seedy side, a dark side.  Boston had those things.  But it also had a richness of history that I could not find anywhere else.  And so, for me the question “Why Boston?” comes down to this. Boston has become, for me, a creative home, a place where my love of history and passion for writing fantasy have intersected, taking my career in a new and exciting direction.  I love the city, and I feel that I owe it something in return for all that it has given me.

But of course, the question “Why Boston?” has a more troubling side.  The same traditions and historical significance that drew me to the city for my Thieftaker books, made Boston a target.  When terrorists attacked New York and Washington, they struck at the seats of our economic and political power.  When they attacked Boston, they struck at our heritage.  And that’s also why we need to stand up and help those most affected by the bombing.  Because Boston belongs to all of us, just as our nation’s history belongs to all of us.

So, I hope you’ll give to the One Fund through my Fundraiser/Giveaway.  And I hope you’ll be one of the lucky recipients of the items I’m giving away.  Thanks.

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David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (http://magicalwords.net), and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

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