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Bang! Bang! Bang!

On May 16, 2017, at half past one in the afternoon, I held a loaded pistol in my hand for the first time ever.

This may come as a surprise to those who are aware of the fact that I have occasionally featured guns in read more

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Location Inspiration: Creamy Dreamy

When readers speak of the creative process, it seems they look for the origins of fictional locations, characters and events in one of two places: research or inspiration. Research for these purposes mostly means the writer immersing himself in a topic that goes on to read more

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What’s It All About?

As I labor through the early stages of writing my next novel, Proximity, I find that it’s worth considering the role that theme plays in fiction.

When we place a book in a genre, that can suggest a certain theme by itself. We can presume read more

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The End of the Hiatus

Can this really be only my second post ALL YEAR? Well, er, yes, unless you count my weekly posts on The Nervous Breakdown. Those posts will explain a good bit of what’s kept me away: being edited and designed and working out distribution arrangements for read more

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Words Unsaid

A few years ago, my father-in-law, who is quite erudite, introduced me to a phrase that the French have: L’esprit de l’escalier, which is often translated as “staircase wit.”

The phrase refers to the clever comeback that occurs to us only after the best moment read more

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