Archives: October 2014

Here’s an offer for you!

Do you like a good action story? Interested in WWII? This is your lucky day! I am looking for people to read my book and post a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Please message me and I will send you a copy for Kindle or any other reader. I’ll send a signed copy of the

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Kill Your Darlings?

Whew. I knew there was a reason you hire people to do this. It’s almost impossible to edit your own work.  There’s too much “love” involved.  “Kill your darlings”  is the tired old advice. The earliest known example comes from  Arthur Quiller-Couch, who spread it in his widely reprinted 1913-1914 Cambridge lectures “On the Art of Writing.” In his

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Devil in the details

I have always been a stickler for period accuracy. I almost dismissed The Godfather  because there was somebody wearing 1970s glasses  in the party scene. It gets ridiculous. When Roger Sterling did his blackface song and dance on Mad Men, I was furious that they showed the drummer playing an 80s K Zildjian cymbal (though in later

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POW camps were nothing to laugh at.

  Like many other young American kids, I grew up watching Hogan’s Heroes. It was about WWII, featured a charismatic protagonist in a great costume (Hogan made the A-4 jacket cool long before Indiana Jones made his debut) and was pretty funny. We used to play POW when I was a kid. The game mostly consisted of

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Historical Fiction: The quandary

One of the great challenges in writing this sort of book is to make the dry research come alive. Exposition is a no-no, especially if it doesn’t serve the story. While it’s very nice to have a lot of detail, if it’s extraneous it will kill the momentum faster than just about anything.  One of

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Published!

Well, it took a hell of a lot longer than I had planned, but  Hawser is finally ready. I am awfully proud of it. It’s available in ebook format for Kindle and other readers. I also have hard copies available, but they are more expensive. To get this baby rolling, I am happy to give away a

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