February 12, 2017

My Report from the 2017 AWP Writers Conference

I attend my first Association of Writers & Writers Programs (AWP) Conference in D.C. for two days this past week. It was eye-opening, not only in terms of the information I gleaned from the five workshops I attended, but based on my observations of the scheduled workshops, the exhibitors, and the people. Despite the projected attendance of 12,000 people (which probably fell short due to travel restrictions in the Northeast), the conference felt like a gathering of friends who know each other. More than once walking through the halls, I’d see people recognize someone and rush to hug an old acquaintance or classmate. That sense also prevailed in the workshops when moderators and speakers alike made references to people and […]
June 29, 2016

Why I Write Thrillers

Ten years ago when I started writing novels if you asked me what genre I planned to write, I would not have said thrillers. Yet from a dozen false starts sitting on my hard drive, I picked a thriller for the first novel I tried to complete. That became The Expendable Man, which some still rate as my best story. And, what is the genre of the story I’m working on today? You guessed it––a thriller. Thrillers are one of the most competitive genres these days in terms of sales and numbers of books published––along with romances and mysteries. Why? What is it that attracts both writers and readers to this genre? I have some ideas. Let’s see if they […]
March 26, 2016

Updating My Calendar with Events you may want to know about

On my early morning walk today (if you can call 9 a.m. early), I was surprised at the flowering of so many trees in our development. Spring always surprises me. It’s here already! I guess I’m still used to Albany weather, which is probably two or three weeks behind Maryland’s. Time passes too quickly for me these days. My self-imposed workload never seems to diminish and my dance card for the coming months is getting filled in. Here are the highlights: I’ll be leaving for my first trip to Israel April 5. It will be a two-week adventure. Jude elected to say home. So, I’m traveling with my younger brother, Steve––a great opportunity for us to spend time together since […]
December 30, 2015

Year-End Report on my Fiction.

As 2015 closes, you may be interested in where things stand with regard to my fiction. Amazon is the measure of how well each of my books is doing, although they are also for sale in half a dozen bookstores in upstate New York and on Barnes & Noble, iTune and Kozo websites. Here are my Amazon numbers: House Divided, which was introduced at the end of January 205, has received 22 reviews, earning an average 4.5 stars. It is ranked #1,210 in the Kindle terrorism category. The book with the highest review average is my suspense novel, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. Reviewers found it worth 4.8 stars. The Expendable Man, my first novel, has received the most reviews […]
November 21, 2015

Round One Goes to this Writer

Okay. Maybe the analogy doesn’t quite fit, but ask any writer and they’ll tell you some days feel like you’re in a boxing ring with an opponent who hits below the belt. So, when you make it through a round, it’s time to blow your horn. Round One for me is finishing the first draft of my current novel. Manchurian Candidate meets Mission Impossible is its working title because I haven’t come up with one that fits. MCmMI is another thriller. It currently runs about 75,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages, and is version 11. That’s right, version 11. Set aside the notion that writers are able to produce smooth, error free prose right to the printed page. Stories evolve […]
October 13, 2015

Stepping through the looking glass with Tracee Lydia Garner

October 23 will be a big day for me. I’ll be “stepping through the looking glass” with author Tracee Lydia Garner at Northern Virginia Community College at an event sponsored by the campus Partners’ Club, a group dedicated to promoting disability awareness. Tracee and I will be discussing writing and publishing, but our primary focus will be on portraying characters with disabilities. As those who have read House Divided know, my protagonist, Leonard Robbins, is wheel-chair bound as a result of an injury he suffered while in South America working for the CIA. If you can’t make that event, perhaps you know someone who might be interested. If so, please tell them to visit the Events Page on this website […]