Setbacks and Steps Forward

All of us face setbacks in life. The loss of a job, a friend betrays you, illness and a deal that falls through–all of these hit us hard. But the sudden and unexpected loss of a spouse is in an entirely different universe. I last posted to this blog a week before my...

How Can a Historical Novelist Keep Up?

I must ask the question: how can a historical novelist keep up? With the barrage of fantastic inventions purported to be alternative facts clogging the sphere of information around us, what chance does a novelist have in creating believable plots set against...

Evolving and Adapting

As I approach the downhill side of my eighth novel, The Friends of Harry Braham, I think it is time for me to move on, to evolve and adapt my stories along more current themes. Although there truly is nothing new under the sun, I live in the first quarter of the 21st...

Memory

Memory. I have been giving a lot of thought of late to memory. No, not the issue of whether I am beginning to experience senility. No, I am dealing with the odd bits of memory that become silted over with the events of each passing day until we forget about the people...

Winter

Across the street the trees, blackened branches, cast stark shadows of themselves against the houses. Snow has come and gone and the cycle of freeze and thaw has set in. Only eighty-nine more days until Spring officially arrives. The instinct to burrow down and...

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...