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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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Is Typhoid Mary Bad Enough for You?

In my novel The Prisoner of Hell Gate ā€” and perhaps in real life ā€” Typhoid Mary is what we call a sympathetic monster. Yes, she did bad things. Yes, she was a bad person. But was she all bad? And what made her bad? read more

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That Sock Puppet Won’t Hunt

Times are hard, especially for a man who aspires to make his living by words.

You begin at the bottom of the editorial heap ā€” fair enough, most people do in this trade. But it rarely gets better. To make ends meet, sometimes you teach read more

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Seven Aspects of the Novelist’s Dilemma (1)

I just completed another novel, my third in three years, and now I have to figure out how to publish it.

Not long ago, all a novelist had to worry about was pleasing his reader. Getting published was a part of reaching that reader, of read more
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Narrative Friction

I recently learned (maybe Iā€™m the last to know) that Ben Zimmer of The Boston Globe has been tracking anachronistic language in the PBS hit show Downton Abbey for a project called Visual Thesaurus. The anachronisms are also the subject of a YouTube video.

The read more

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