writing


Up To My Ears in Words 1

I’m awaiting the final edits in my novel, which I hope will be in your hands March 1. In the meantime, I’m mulling and stewing and brewing the two other stories I have been writing. And I’ve been reading. Why do we read? I suspect the answers are as varied […]


Assume the Critique Position 1

  My novel Seven Days in May will be available in paperback and ebook on March 1. In the meantime, it is in the hands of a delicate and gentle friend who is combing the work for mistakes and confusing text and weird timeline glitches. Thank goodness for gentle friends […]


To Be or Not To Be 2

“Jeeves shimmered in with the glass, and stuck it competently on the table.” “Jeeves filtered in with the tea. ” “He moves from point to point with as little uproar as a jellyfish.” “He trickled into my room one morning with a good old cup of tea and intimated that […]


Fraught Club 2

“I didn’t want to see you.” “They told me.” “I was afraid that I’d still love you.” “I hoped that you would.” “My fear, your wish—both granted.” Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card They—those writer types who stand at podiums and pontificate and those freshman creative writing professors—they have a refrain, […]


Reliable Narrators and the Role of History

In 1921, violence erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when armed African American men—many of them returning veterans—tried to protect a young black man from lynching. By the time the Tulsa race riots were over, at least 10 whites and 26 African Americans were dead. In one African American neighborhood, white rioters […]