A memoir of American mythology as told by the Bakers of Buckinghamshire
Hello there. My name is Brad King and I’d like to thank you for making your way to my little neck of the woods.
This is the home for So Far Appalachia: A memoir of American mythology as told by the Bakers of Buckinghamshire, a book that explores the essence of America through the journey of my family, the Bakers, as they leave England, settle in America, and help found parts of Central Appalachia.
A little bit about the story:
This is the Kickstarter video, which explains a bit about the story, why I am working on this independently, and how the book will be written and released.
Ten years ago, I was finishing the final edits on my first book, Dungeons & Dreamers. As writers tend to do, I decided to take a break from words and watch television.
I flipped on the History Channel. As it happened, there was a documentary called “Vendettas: Clay County War“, a long and bloody feud between two families: the Whites and the Bakers.
Knowing my family was part of the Baker clan, I called my dad.
“Hey, I’m watching this documentary on the Baker feud of Clay County. Are we related to them?”
There was a long pause.
“I guess we should talk,” my dad said.
I was 30 at the time, and I was about to find out a great deal about my family.
(As a sidenote: years later I would read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. Part II of that book is all about the Bakers. In particular, it’s about how my family passed down its cultural anger from generation to generation. I won’t say that I was mad, but at the moment I couldn’t really disagree with Gladwell.)
I’m from a small town in northern Appalachia, just outside of Cincinnati.
I’m lucky enough that my parents decided to get me one of those fancy computers back in 1984, when I was 12, and I had a math teacher in middle school who taught me how to program.
Since then, I’ve pursued three careers in my life:
If you’re really interested in all the details of my professional career, you can find out everything you never knew you wanted to know about me over at LinkedIn.
If you’re really, really interested in my personal life and my travels, you can click through all those fun links on my blog.