My ideal reader? Someone who believes fiction can make a difference.

My name is J.R. Alcyone, and I write historical and literary fiction for readers who believe that made-up stories can make a difference and matter. Some of the themes I’ve explored in my novels include friendship, mental illness, suicide, hope, redemption, forgiveness, and loss. Learn more about me or meet my books.

Prior to the 1950s, most children with congenital heart disease died. Alec Serafeim and his partner Pete O’Neill are determined to change that. The Historical Fiction Company’s 2021 Book of the Year and a five-star Recommended Read by the Coffee Shop Book Club. An extraordinary historical/literary story of overcoming the odds, friendship, ambition, and doing the world good.

Learn more about The Stars That Govern Us