Meet the Editors


As of November 2019, Pen-N-Sword is embarking on its tenth year of publication. We're often asked questions about both the news magazine and the writers; therefore, we'll attempt to answer the most frequent ones here.

Are you affiliated with other news sites? No.

What drives PNS? Our main thrust is animal welfare. We also lobby for consumers and promote transparency in politics and better healthcare for Alabama.

Who is Trader Connections? Trader is a Shoals native and a graduate of Muscle Shoals High School. He worked for years as a homicide detective in Florence and later retired from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Currently, he owns a telecommunications auditing business.

Who is Firenze Veritas? Firenze is also a Shoals native. She's a graduate of Coffee High School, the University of North Alabama where she received a degree in English Literature, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she received degrees in History and Nursing. Firenze works in home health and has published three local histories, two short story anthologies, and is a major contributor to a garden club cozy mystery series.

How can you be reached? The best method is via our e-mail at

Above all, thank you for reading, and don't hesitate to tell us how we can better serve you and our community.


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