Brass Cannon Books (a.k.a. Brass Cannon Media) is a publishing company founded as a partnership between Francis Hamit, Publisher, and Leigh Strother-Vien, Editor-in-Chief.  Our output includes printed books, ebooks and audio books.

At the present time, we are only publishing works by Mr. Hamit, but we do expect to publish other people’s works in future when capital permits.  Please do not send us submissions until we indicate on the website that we are open to such submissions.


Mr. Hamit is a novelist, a playwright, and a journalist.  He has over 1.000 articles, reviews, essays, op-eds, and other nonfiction published since 1968.  His background is in Military Intelligence, and he writes fiction and drama about people in military, security, and similar occupations.  Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

He served in the US Army Security Agency for four years, including tours in Vietnam and (West) Germany.  He received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1976.  He is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, and the Historical Novel Society.

His produced stage plays are “MARLOWE: An Elizabethan Tragedy” and “Memorial Day”.  His nonfiction book “Virtual Reality and the Exploration of Cyberspace” (SAMS, 1993) was a best seller in the field.  His novel “The Shenandoah Spy” (Brass Cannon Books, 2008) has over a dozen favorable reviews.  The novel “The Queen of Washington” (Brass Cannon Books, 2011) has also garnered favorable reviews.  Other works include novel “Meltdown” (Brass Cannon Books, 2012, also available in Kindle and Nook versions) and shorter fiction pieces available in ebook versions.

Francis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Shakespeare Society of America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Ms. Strother-Vien is a US Army veteran, serving most of her four years in a Field Artillery battery (Pershing missiles) in (West) Germany in the early 1980s.  She has a B.A. with a double major in Economics and History, from what was then called the University of the State of New York, Regents’ External Degree Program – it is now    called Excelsior College.  She also holds an A.S. degree from the same program, and an A.A. in Business Management from Los Angeles Valley College.

She has had about two dozen articles published as a journalist, and was the co-editor of the 1991 Bouchercon (the World Mystery Convention) Program Book.

Leigh is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  She also served as the Society’s librarian for over five years, and served in other offices with LASFS at various times.

For further information contact:

Francis Hamit (818) 285-8112 or e-mail francishamit@earthlink.net

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