Local author publishes political novel

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 6, 2016

 Macomb Township resident Michael Cal Brooks released the second edition of his first novel, “A Right Hope,” on June 7.

Macomb Township resident Michael Cal Brooks released the second edition of his first novel, “A Right Hope,” on June 7.

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Michael Cal Brooks had an idea in the back of his head for a novel for about 20 years, but he didn’t know how to go about accomplishing that.

A career contractor, Brooks decided to go back to school in 2008 when business slowed due to the economic recession.

The Macomb Township resident enrolled primarily in history and literature courses and wound up graduating from Wayne State University in 2013.

“As years went by, I had stories in my head, but I didn’t know how to write,” Brooks said.

Brooks started writing his first novel, “A Right Hope,” in February of 2012, but shortly thereafter he said he began his first and last writer’s block of his writing career.

“I spent so many years wanting to be a writer, I had difficulty staying focused,” Brooks said. “I’ve only had writer’s block one time in my life, and that was in 2012 for 10 months.”

Brooks resumed writing around Christmas of 2012, when he first had to revise the original 100 pages that he wrote for “A Right Hope” before completing the rest of the novel.

On June 7 of this year, he released the second edition of “A Right Hope.”

“The story is really about a kid who wants to be president of the United States, as he’s a young Columbia University student, and he meets a young tennis player, and it’s about a love affair between them,” Brooks said.

The book’s main character, James Ryan Roberts, is an Indiana native who is the grandson of a Vietnam War hero. He decides to attend Columbia after the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

While at Columbia, he falls in love and marries a tennis star, Josie, within six months of meeting.

“I wanted to create something that would allow for a young politician like a Teddy Roosevelt or a John F. Kennedy to make quick strides in politics,” Brooks said. “They wanted to get married to solidify that commitment to each other.”

As Josie begins to travel the world for her tennis career, Roberts enrolls in graduate school to study foreign languages, and he begins his career with the CIA as an analyst before becoming an interpreter for the State Department.

“I wanted to create something that would allow him (Roberts) to serve his country without military,” Brooks said.

The book continues to explore Brooks’ ascension in the political ranks while being aided by the fame of his wife’s tennis career.

“He pursues politics pretty far along. I’ve left it open for more down the road, but I wanted to get the story started,” Brooks said.

“A Right Hope” is published by Tate Publishing, and the book is available through bookstores nationwide, at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.