So what did you do during your summer vacation?
Kings media publicist Devin Blankenship spent the offseason completing and publishing a 292-page novel that surprise, surprise has nothing to do with the Kings or the NBA.
"Sherman's Eagle" does, however, take place in Sacramento and Atlanta, and it has enough plots and subplots to fill a playbook. Steroid scandal. Murder. Missing persons. Civil War antiquities. Racism. A beloved college professor.
Blankenship started working on his first novel which he describes as a "modern thriller" about five years ago. The book is self-published and is available on Amazon.com.
"I wanted to write about the underground in Sacramento, and since some of the book takes place in Atlanta's underground, it tied into the Civil War," Blankenship said. "I learned so much about Sacramento when I was researching the book that it was amazing, about how the roads had to be raised in Old Sac because of the flooding. There are actually tours of Old Sac's underground, which I don't think a lot of people are even aware of."
A native Sacramentan, Blankenship earned his communications degree from Sac State in 1999. He has been with the Kings' media relations department for 13 years.
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