Change of Venue

I am adopting a change of venue for my next novel, The Friends of Harry Braham. Instead of picking a European capital in which to set the action, I am sticking close to home. New York City and rural New Jersey will be the setting. As for the timing of the story, it...

The Friends of Harry Braham

Several books ago I left Harry Braham in a Zurich hotel room with his old nemesis/lover Valentina Koniev. It was the night of 7 December 1941, in Switzerland and not yet morning in Washington. For some time, I have been, like many novelists struggling with what to do...

Writing in Obscurity

Writing is by its nature a solitary pursuit so it should be no surprise that even with seven novels under my belt I continue to write and publish in obscurity. Unlike other artistic pursuits that require the observance of an audience, writing remains but a fleeting...

Forgotten Connections

I am often puzzled by the way human beings tend to forget things, not just the small occurrences of daily life, but the important things, the links and connections of people and events. This ability of people, knowledgeable people, or so I thought to simple erase the...

Book Launch – Revenge of the Dragon Lady

Well, it is the first of September and as occurred at this time these last few years, today is book launch day! Revenge of the Dragon Lady, my latest novel set in the days leading up to the Second World War, is now available in print and for Kindle readers. This time...

Support Your Local Authors

Being an author I confess that I endorse libraries and book stores that support local authors. After all, isn’t it the same as supporting your local merchants, micro-brewers, farmers and other local entrepreneurs? Perhaps it is a question of whether the local product...

Still Flying After All These Years

I suppose I will never get over my fascination with things that fly. Sitting out on the deck in the evening I still watch with awe as light planes cut through the twilight while high above a gleam of silver marks an airliner heading west. I still drive out of my way...

Bringing Back Harry

It’s time to bring back Harry. Last week I came to a decision. I was twenty-three thousand words into a new novel when it became clear to me that rather invent another character it was time to bring back Harry Braham. So, after some serious thought, I pulled twenty...

Obituary

As I have gotten older I have found myself glancing over the obituary pages with some interest. I suppose, as I near 68, I am looking for how my contemporaries have fared. Too many of mine never made it back from Vietnam and others seemed to not be able to cope with...

Requiem for a Yankee Air Pirate

Memories, all he has are memories and they play a silent dirge for him. Oh, and the decorations, medals and citations no one any longer wants to talk about. That was then, this is now, they say. Four decades are a long time to keep the memories alive, time to move on,...