A Tough Editor

I write novels.  Writers will tell you that good writing involves far more rewriting and editing than it does spewing out intuitively inspired prose.  We all do a lot of self-editing in the course of producing a manuscript.  But if our work is being published, there comes a time when we must work with [...]

2020-12-21T22:44:24+00:00December 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Do Sexual Taboos Still Exist?

When I was working with my publisher on the novel Enemy Queen, people at the press seemed pleased that my book included a murder mystery, and had a few erotic episodes as well. Evidently, mystery and erotica are both very popular among readers. The penchant for mystery is understandable, and fairly straightforward. A recent [...]

2020-12-21T22:13:57+00:00December 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Plotting an Erotic Thriller

The release date for my novel Enemy Queen had grown close, and the Editorial Project Manager at SparkPress, the book’s publisher, asked me if I’d like to contribute a Behind the Book post for their website. She suggested the topic: “how to plot an erotic thriller.” As soon as I finished reading the email [...]

2020-11-17T22:16:28+00:00November 17th, 2020|Fiction Writing|

Plant Based

The term “Plant Based” is suddenly trendy.  As a writer, I find this interesting—I’m always curious about the newest permutations of words and phrases that establish themselves in the English language—and I am fascinated observing which such additions evanesce, and which endure. But I’m even more intrigued by this term’s ascension because I am [...]

2020-03-03T00:57:50+00:00February 5th, 2020|Vegetarian Food|

Is There a Right Way to Write a Novel?

I recently found myself reading an article on the web. It purported to reveal the correct way to write a novel. I am immediately distrustful of anyone who insists that there is only one correct way of doing anything. I believe I have some good empirical evidence to back this up. Before committing to [...]

2020-02-05T20:55:20+00:00December 12th, 2019|Fiction Writing|

Writing vs. Storytelling

I shared some interesting correspondence with a friend recently. We’re in our late sixties now, but he and I met in college in the 1970’s where we were both English Literature and Creative Writing majors. We also played a lot of pick-up basketball back then. He lives in New York, and I live in [...]

2020-02-05T20:57:31+00:00December 4th, 2019|Fiction Writing|
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