Masks of Morality


My debut novel Masks of Morality is a book of realistic fiction. It’s cautionary, a warning.  It begs the question, “What if modern America is a dystopian society?” If this goes on, could not those dystopian future novels and movies have come true today?

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At Last! Contemporary realistic fiction connecting the line between corporatism and global war!

My story is about a host of things.  It is about the world “generation Z” deals with and lives each day.  It is about the fears of parents of those kids. The characters are the imagination of the author, the words only hers. It is polemic; it is opinion.  It is, after all fiction based merely on the reality of the author’s creation.



The story behind the book

Although branded as a political twister, the main message of my masks theme, is of moral conscience, human compassion, family love and doing good for the social good.

Caryssa Flynn had the computer network world hard-wired into her brain, obsessed by the lure of power and money. She was a hard driven high-tech marketing professional. Until, at age forty-two, she gave birth to her only child. Suddenly, nothing was about her anymore.

The next decade sends her into a humanitarian journey taking odd little contract gigs to help make the community and world a better place. Although never becoming anti-corporate, she is conflicted by corporate abusive human practices. What type of legacy are we leaving for our kids?

While never quite finding her way back to her high-powered high tech career—she does find the soul crushing link of her beloved Silicon Valley and Boston 128 tech-belt she worked within, to perpetual global wars for profit.

Set in the San Francisco Bay area, Caryssa befriends a group of eccentric upper middle class parents, each of whom rides the beautiful emotional arc of parenting within these tumultuous times with her.

Echoed throughout the way is a startling and disturbing awareness of a culture---ours--- mindlessly threatening to squander all that is dear to our hearts. Behind the cultural culprits lurk the politicians, business and religious leaders wearing false character masks of morality.

This culture shock leads the parents to examine the ache of late America. It transforms each of their lives motivating them to make a positive impact through their careers and volunteer work on all that matters most---especially the future of their children.

Masks of Morality



Please read it with an open mind, heart and soul.  If you love those Sci-Fi’s about a dystopian future, try jet setting my words back to the future, and strap yourselves in for the political ride!

I promise you won’t be bored.


T.L. Mumley

T.L. Mumley (born Teresa Lynn Sullivan) is a former senior marketing analyst in Silicon Valley, a mother, wife and happy homebody. She holds an AS in Fashion Merchandising from Lasell, a BS in Marketing from MCLA and an MBA from Northeastern University, with a twenty-year history in high-tech marketing and sales. An optimist at heart, she went on a personal crusade of community service and marketing for the greater good, often in her PJs from home office.

To spice up a decade of writing boring technical material published in tech rags, she aspired to become a novelist with her upcoming Masks of Morality. She has also published a dozen articles online surrounding social justice, which seemed to mysteriously disappear within the cyber hole she writes about.

Fueled by dark chocolate and good red wine, she can be found skiing and hiking mountains, walking, reading or doing a downward facing dog while gardening.

Although she will always be a Bostonian at heart, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.


My debut novel, Masks of Morality has already received a few positive reviews from circles within my writers groups, friends and above all, my multitalented editor, Chansonette Buck.  Chansonette is a 5-star-rating author of several heart touching chapbooks and memoir.  Her first chapbook, blood oranges, was nominated for a Pushcart prize.

In Chansonette’s own words upon reading my manuscript “Your novel is a page-turner! I’m finding it hard to put down.  You have what it takes to tell a story in a compelling way”.

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