Lee grew up on the Texas/Louisiana border. As a child, he enjoyed playing football, reading, and hanging around fire stations. He entered the fire service as a young man and spent 15 years as a firefighter and arson investigator before an injury forced his retirement. Along the way, Lee picked up a BA and an MA in History along with an MS in Criminal Justice. Presently, he teaches history at a community college in Southeast Texas. A lover of cats, Lee is also a boxing fan and he is obsessed with Russian Literature. His first novel, So Others May Live, was published in 2019. Molly’s Song is the first in a projected three book series.
Praise for Molly’s Song
RECOMMENDED by the US Review – “Hutch deftly weaves into the action’s narrative Molly’s thoughts about what she is experiencing, creating an insightful style. For example, she carefully depicts Molly’s memories coming up while caring for the girl she will eventually lose. The author conveys compassion in non-judgmental prose for a character who can sing but who is asked to bare her teeth and take off her clothes when interviewing for a job. Although Molly is smart, the book presents a cameo of challenges to a woman’s dreams. Her story will keep readers turning the pages, hoping the plot will somehow shift in her favor.” –Batya Weinbaum, US Review
“It’s impossible not to root for young Molly O’Sullivan in this masterfully told story set during the Civil War. You’ll miss Molly long after you put the book down.” —Gregory Lee Renz, author of Beneath the Flames
“Molly’s Song takes the reader on a journey into the underbelly of mid-nineteenth century society – a world of sex slavery and exploitation. Molly, our protagonist, falls victim to some of the worst life has to offer a young woman of that era, yet she remains a vibrant and sympathetic character throughout her travails. Solidly written, I clearly heard Molly’s distinct voice and spirit in my imagination as I read, carrying the narrative rapidly along. I was immersed from the front page. I look forward to discovering more of Molly’s tale in the next volume.” —David A, Powell, Historian and author of The Chickamauga Campaign, 3 vols, from Savas Beatie Press