I marvel at the capacity of those authors who can pinpoint that precise moment when inspiration struck. There they were, waiting in line at Starbucks, or shampooing their hair, or staring out over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at sunrise with their legs twisted in some impossible yoga position, and then, suddenly—Bam! Huzzah! …Read More
Early retirement was an offer I didn’t expect to take. The clincher came when I realized the last day to exit the company was my thirtieth anniversary date. I’ve learned to never question fate—so I took the plunge. One day I was in a high-pressure job living on a constant flow of adrenalin. The next, …Read More
There are certain grammar errors that are like chalk screeching on a blackboard to me. I cringe when I hear them, and it’s all thanks to Peggy Riley Hughes. Mrs. Hughes was my seventh and eighth grade English teacher, a veritable martinet who literally beat grammar into us by smacking a yardstick on her blackboard …Read More
Bones and Roses (A Cypress Bay mystery) by Eileen Goudge Note: Eileen was a guest on my blog last August with her post “Will Write for Food.” I just had the pleasure of reading Bones and Roses, the first book in a mystery series from long-time and successful women’s fiction author Eileen Goudge. From page …Read More
Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, Allan J. Emerson, and Susan Gourley for leaving comments on Robert Spiller‘s guest blog post. I hope you enjoy your copy of Napier’s Bones as much as I did. If you missed Bob’s guest post, Dark Night of the Soul, click here.
Van Morrison sings of being Torn Down ala Rimbaud. This experience of finding oneself in the ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ is by no means unique to either Van the Man or Arthur Rimbaud, the wonderful French poet. Sinners and saints all speak of falling so low that they have nowhere to go but up. …Read More
Congratulations to Joannah Merriman the winner of a copy of Laura Pritchett’s new release Red Lightning Joannah is a writer and blogger and an adventurous trekker. Check out her blog, Woodswoman Walking, where she chronicles her walks along the Camino de Santiago.
My newest novel, Red Lightning, will annoy some people. Yes, I know it, and I suppose I should be sorry. But I am not. Let me explain, if I may: For the first several years I was writing this book, it was “normal”—there was a standard arc, plot, characters, narration—and I just didn’t like it. …Read More
Siena, Italy: the magical city of medieval towers, pigeons, and a suicidal horse race called the Palio. If you want to test your fear of mobs, hang around after the race with the demented men from the losing contrada, one of seventeen Sienese districts dating back to the Middle Ages. You will witness grown men …Read More
A couple of decades ago, I courted trouble when my wife, Sue, and I went on a November backpacking trip into the Mummy Mountain Range in Rocky Mountain National Park. Because it was the off-season, I convinced Sue it would be okay to leave our car in the deserted trailhead parking lot without the required …Read More