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Tom Mach is an accomplished writer from Kansas, having published articles in such national magazines as Women’s Day, Writer’s Digest, Jack & Jill, and many others and having also published a short story and several poems. Mr. Mach is a self-taught historian with a particular interest in the Civil War. Everything about the Civil War fascinated him, and books like Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage and Gone With the Wind, made an impression on him as it showed him how to look at that war from a deeply personal level. The Civil War, according to Mr. Mach, is not just a historical fact, but an emotional experience which we should never forget. He started writing his historical novel Sissy! when he still lived in California. At the time he thought he’d place the action in Ohio, but after moving to Lawrence, Kansas two years ago, he was astounded and moved by rich history of Kansas and its unique contribution to abolishment of slavery and how Kansas had to “bleed” years before the war started. As a result, he placed the action of his book SISSY! in Kansas, although the historically-accurate story also moves into Kentucky and Tennessee to witness some major battles there. SISSY! follows the experiences of a young lady named Jessica Radford. In 2006, Mr. Mach published ALL PARTS TOGETHER, the second book of his Jessica Radford Trilogy. ALL PARTS TOGEHTER is a title taken from Walt Whitman's lines--"sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together." ALL PARTS TOGETHER won Honorable Mention in the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival, while SISSY! won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award.