Former Sun reporter writes first novel on ‘dark and tragic experience’

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 05:02 PM.

After a while, his reading sparked the idea of using the factual information as the backdrop for a novel.

Writing "Crossing Downs" took Meinen through two drafts and about a year as he worked full time, first as a local newspaper reporter for The Sun and Northwest Florida Daily News, then as a Realtor/Broker.

The historical fiction novel is based on all he learned about the convict miners and their unceremonious burials in the hills around Birmingham, Ala. It is available on Kindle online. Visit for more information.

Meinen is already busy working on a second novel about a novelist who loses his spouse.

"I always wanted to write," he said, "ever since I was a freshman in high school. My great grandfather owned a newspaper in Iowa, so, I guess it's in my blood."


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