For Summer Today, The World Of Then…

For Summer Today, The World Of Then…

I blog here; but I’m not really a blogger. I'm here because of a decidedly different kind of writing. I'm here for my novels...

“Our” Current Culture

“Our” Current Culture

I considered my perspective and my tiny contributions in four (and, hopefully, soon to be five) novels. I hope within them I have offered "creativity" - travel, learning, history, friendship, love, and even some lessons - that entertains, but also gets readers involved and thinking. But no single book can be everything and it is asking too much of any writer to produce that.

Those Literary Treasures

Those Literary Treasures

Hello from upstate New York!

Paperback Tolstoy

Paperback Tolstoy

I recall being assigned it in graduate school (too long ago now) in a course on Russian government/history. (There's a real shocker, eh?)

As Today Begins…

As Today Begins…

A few things on my mind that I just wanted to mention here this morning...

This Inspirational Region

This Inspirational Region

It was a pleasant week in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, just outside of Windham. We did some necessary work inside of the house. We are returning to England on Saturday, so we are now with my father, visiting him at his house in northeast Pennsylvania. I figured it was a good time for another blog post.

Why Americans Don’t “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”

Why Americans Don’t “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”

"Remember, Remember the 5th of November" now means - thankfully - nothing in the United States.

“An interest of mine…”

“An interest of mine…”

Writing is an often isolating endeavor, so opening a day, I have learned over the years, with a post on some issue that grabbed my attention, helps me clear my head and get going.

Chesham, Codicote, And Beyond

Chesham, Codicote, And Beyond

I feel it's invaluable and even necessary as writers to "use" what we know. You may think what you experience is "uninteresting," but to others out there unfamiliar with, for example, places about which you write, it may prove an eye-opener.

A Small, Distant, Weak, Fascinating Land

A Small, Distant, Weak, Fascinating Land

I find that early period in our history to be truly remarkable. I think it also makes for some pretty good romance/historical novel material, too...

“Adèle de Sénange”

“Adèle de Sénange”

This is what may happen as you research to write: I had not examined it before and was looking through the book seeking some more background that might be of use for my own new manuscript. I got drawn in...

“James Bond: Vampire Hunter?” – Not Yet

“James Bond: Vampire Hunter?” – Not Yet

I think about this issue now as a writer, and I suspect I'm not alone. If you too write ORIGINAL fiction, you probably also take your copyrighted characters seriously and are protective of them.

The Historical Fiction Drama Wartime Romance

The Historical Fiction Drama Wartime Romance

As readers, true, we all want to get to "the good parts." Yet all parts should be, in their ways, "good parts."

A Bunch Of Characters

A Bunch Of Characters

If you think I'm going to be revealing any of the real-life people I know who may be the basis for, or whom I drew upon for, the fictional characters? I won't be doing that anytime soon. (Do I appear to be completely insane?)

Our Friends’ Views

Our Friends’ Views

Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957-1963, once remarked that he felt he had to contend with two types of "anti-Britishness" among Americans, and especially among US officials...