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My Parents, the Enablers

Tracing the roots of my love affair with books, I come back to my mother and father. Let me tell you about some of their tricks. Those of you with children have surely had this shopping experience: “Mom, will you … Continue reading

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Binging as a Child

Tracing the gateway drugs to my reading addiction, I give a nod to classic series chapter books written for young readers. I’m going to mention three series that I devoured. Two of them were mysteries (it’s a wonder I didn’t … Continue reading

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Classics Illustrated

Albert Kanter was a traveling salesman, born in Russia, who emigrated to the United States in 1904. A lover of books, he had an interesting idea. He would abridge classic literature and print it in comic book form. His goal … Continue reading

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More Dry Ink

I’m pleased to announce that my novel, Sins in Blue, will be published next year by Black Rose Writing. The novel concerns a Depression-era bluesman and his friendship with a would-be teenage music manager in the late 60s. A little bit of … Continue reading

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Little Golden Books

One of my earliest memories involved taking the obligatory afternoon nap. I never went voluntarily, but then, three-year-olds have to do what they’re told. Mom always sweetened the deal a little by putting me to bed with a handful of … Continue reading

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The Ink is Dry

I finally signed a contract with Five Star Publishing for my Civil War novel, Dread Tribunal of Last Resort. The novel will be released in hardback next July (2020). The story allowed me to focus on two obsessions at once–the American Civil … Continue reading

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Award Time

Some awards for Independent/small press publishers were announced last month, and my novel, “The Fat Lady’s Low, Sad Song,” was honored twice. The Maxy Awards were named for a young girl, Max, born with a congenital brain disorder. Maxy ended … Continue reading

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Big News Coming

The ink has to dry first, but I have big news coming. In the meantime, let me drop a teaser consisting of a photo and a bullet list of facts. The first war to feature rocket warfare, submarine kills and … Continue reading

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Finding the Time to Write

Writers procrastinate. In a busy world, finding something other than writing to do is easy. Having dawdled away entire decades, I found myself without anything to show for the time spent talking about writing (most often with a beer in … Continue reading

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A Small Favor

Critters Writer’s Workshop is a free, online workshop for writers, fun by Andrew Burt, former VP of Science Fiction Writers of America. Critters holds an annual poll for the “best-of,” and my novel, The Fat Lady’s Low, Sad Song was … Continue reading

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