Gene Kizer, Jr. was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and from the time he was able to walk, his imagination has been fired by the colorful, powerful history of his native city. He went back to school at middle age and completed his undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston in 2000 graduating magna cum laude, with History Departmental Honors, and the Outstanding Student Award for the History Department. He also won the Rebecca Motte American History Award the year before.
His first book, Charleston, SC Short Stories, Book One: Six Tales of Courage, Love, the War Between the States, Satire, Ghosts & Horror from the Holy City, was published in July, 2012 as an eBook. It includes numerous GREAT pictures around Charleston where the stories took place.
His second book, The Elements of Academic Success, How to Graduate Magna Cum Laude from College (or how to just graduate, PERIOD!), was published in November, 2012 as an eBook and is now out in PRINT as a 364-page softcover publication.
The Elements of Academic Success was inspired by The Elements of Style, the legendary book by Professor William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White. It is formatted the exact same way for speed and ease of use. There are 351 numbered topic sections in 10 chapters that cover everything a student will face in college.
His third book, Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States, The Irrefutable Argument, is out in print and as an eBook. It has 44 Five-Star reviews on Amazon and 3 Four-star as of 11/20/15. It is 360 pages of fast-paced, powerfully argued, thoroughly documented history with 218 footnotes using over 200 sources that are listed in the bibliography. There are 86 sample pages on www.BonnieBluePublishing.com.
He is right now working on Volume II of Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States, and writing fiction.
As publisher of Charleston Athenaeum Press, three other print publications are planned for early 2016, going into the speeches and documents of the secession debate in the South just prior to the war. Those speeches and documents clearly outline the South's feelings and view of America, which is the exact same view as the Founding Fathers.
Kizer also produced an outstanding two-DVD set entitled Mixed Up with All the Rebel Horde: Why Black Southerners Fought for the South in the War Between the States. It features Professor Edward C. Smith who is one of the foremost authorities in the country on the participation of African-Americans on the Southern side in the War Between the States. There is a video clip on www.BonnieBluePublishing.com.
Kizer also produced the outstanding 80-DVD series, World History 101 and 102, featuring distinguished professor Dr. Clark G. Reynolds, shot live in front of two college classes at the College of Charleston over a semester. There are 10 video clips on www.WorldHistory101-102.com and Dr. Reynolds is the BEST! -- A fascinating historian whom his students loved!
Kizer founded Charleston Athenaeum Press (www.CharlestonAthenaeumPress.com) in 2005 to publish fiction and non-fiction.
He is also broker-in-charge of Charleston Saltwater Realty (www.CharlestonSaltwaterRealty.com), a real estate brokerage specializing in residential homes, condos and land in Charleston, South Carolina.
Kizer is an avid runner/walker, having done four marathons and over 75 10Ks. The 2015 Cooper River Bridge Run was his 20th in a row (and 26th overall).
He loves literature and Southern history and has read every short story Somerset Maugham ever wrote (over 200), all of the great Russian playright and writer, Anton Chekhov's short stories, as well as every short story Louie L'Amour wrote (hundreds!). He just finished L'Amour's brilliant Sackett series of novels and is desirous of deepening his knowledge of Shakespeare and Shakespeare's enormous body of work.
Kizer appreciates his readers and supporters very much and says THANK YOU! Thank you for your encouragement!
Expect much more.