Dark Glasses: A Look Back

I sometimes move on from my old work and almost forget it exists at all. I shouldn’t do that when it comes to anything I’ve tried to do, but especially not with my last book, Dark Glasses. It contains a lot of things that – in my view – still resonate. Here’s just one ofContinue reading “Dark Glasses: A Look Back”

Write On! Radio

Recently, I had the good fortune to be interviewed on KFAI’s Write On! Radio program. They talk to writers of all stripes, including me apparently. Though I was coming off an uneven couple of days, I did my best to hold the line and deliver the goods. If you have time to listen, my bitContinue reading “Write On! Radio”

Slow Dancing

More than one blogger has noted that I’m not a great dancer. I don’t dispute that. But I also think it’s an unfair generalization. When it comes to slow-dancing, it’s my view that I’m actually quite gifted. And when I’m slow-dancing, unlike most things, I don’t go halfway. Nosiree, I go all out! Not onlyContinue reading “Slow Dancing”


I’m a writer and I have often wondered if I’d have made any kind of a reporter. My gut feeling is…I would have made a really poor reporter. I just don’t have a newshound’s instincts. But my respect for quality reportage is real, true and heartfelt. And I honestly believe news is important. As I’veContinue reading “Newspaperman”

How to be a Writer – Part Eight

You’ve already learned so, so much. Under my tutelage, you’ve gone from someone who couldn’t even type to someone who has met John Grisham in person AND written a best-selling novel. You better pinch yourself – just to make sure you’re not dreaming!! Now, unless that pinch snapped you out of this literary wonderland, there’sContinue reading “How to be a Writer – Part Eight”

How to be a Writer – Part Seven

You’re a writer now and, as a writer, you must prepare for the inevitable: that moment when you meet John Grisham himself, face to face; peer to peer. Though I’ve never met the man, meeting John Grisham…I’m guessing there’s nothing like it in the whole world. But you have to be ready for it. For,Continue reading “How to be a Writer – Part Seven”

How to be a Writer – Part Six

You’ve made it! Your debut novel is selling a robust 16 copies per week and now everyone wants to know more about you. It’s a good thing you’re on a nationwide reading tour – so you can tell them! The thing to remember about doing a live reading is that people have been doing thisContinue reading “How to be a Writer – Part Six”

How to be a Writer – Part Five

You’ve done it! You’re a famous writer and now everybody loves you. It was all worth it, wasn’t it? (Of course it was!!). And now that it’s the Year 2023 and Covid is no worse than the flu, it’s time to take your act…on the road! That’s right, my friend: you’re about to embark onContinue reading “How to be a Writer – Part Five”

How to be a Writer – Part Three

So you want to be a writer, eh? Alright. Okay. Fair enough. But you can’t first become a writer without first picking up some supplies. Here’s what you’re going to need: 1 table 1 chair 1 typewriter (Smith-Corona) 1 inkwell Black ink (two quarts) 6 pens (feather) 1 eraser Reams of paper (3 or 4)Continue reading “How to be a Writer – Part Three”