Fascination with Russian history

In this episode of “Boomer TV: Embrace Age, Empower Dreams Embrace Life,” Andy Asher, editor of BloomerBoomer.com visits with author Stephen Evans Jordan. As I embark on my publishing debut with Tatiana and the Russian Wolves.

I’ve always been fascinated with Russian history, especially the Revolution’s futuristic promises that devolved into a sinister despotism lasting seventy years. The Revolution’s casualties are incalculable and include the many émigrés who fled Russia and fell into penury and despair, as did Tatiana’s family. Tatiana, Alexander Romanovsky’s mother, suffered from depression that became insanity (the Russian Wolves) and led to her suicide—leaving Alexander fragile and vulnerable. The primary story deals with Russian business intrigue, family origins, collaboration with the Nazis, and an unconventional relationship that provokes blackmail.

Today’s headlines have prompted a renewed interest in Russia; the back story’s characters, plot development, and themes are distinctly Russian. The fulcrum between the back and primary stories includes Tatiana’s secrets and Alexander’s attempts to unravel them.

Three friends from my college days committed suicide; I’m still dealing with the irresolvable sadness. Suicide can run in families as loved ones face the bewildering jumble of frustration, depression, guilt, and a subliminal anger that can trigger self-loathing. Tatiana and the Russian Wolves deals with questions left behind in that agonizing aftermath.

I’m in my seventies. Septuagenarians making their literary debuts are quite rare; the exceptions are usually memoirs. Tatiana and the Russian Wolves is not a memoir, rather a work of fiction.