From Today’s Authoring Roller Coaster

From Today’s Authoring Roller Coaster

Oh, please. As I read that here once more, I can (as I did in March 2018) yet again feel an urge coming on to bash my head down on my desk repeatedly. For if her "time-travel"-based tale is "historical fiction"...

An Unvisited Subcontinent

An Unvisited Subcontinent

I find myself increasingly wanting eventually to write something that includes India. What I consider a major hurdle, however, is I have never been there.

Webs Of Stories

Webs Of Stories

Some local English lore for a Friday. A road name. I'd thought a prominent family named "Coward" might have once lived on, or their farm perhaps bordered, what is now the nearby Codicote street of that name:

“When a twenty-one year old New Yorker sails for Europe in 1787…”

“When a twenty-one year old New Yorker sails for Europe in 1787…”

She was the first (after my wife) to see the rough draft of Passports. I had written it in secret – and, it seemed, usually at “4 o’clock in the mornings” – during 2012-2013...

The Test Of Time

The Test Of Time

I joked some months ago about Conventions: The Garden At Paris being my "Gone With The Wind." That reference was meant primarily about the scale of the book and the fictional characters existing in historical settings. Above all, I thought of it - and do - as, in a sense, constituting a personal "magnum opus." [...]

“Have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

“Have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

Jane Austen died 200 years ago today: July 18, 1817. The Georgian and Regency novelist of relationships among the English gentry especially focused on women needing marriage to achieve economic security and a betterment of their social status. She herself never married. She sold some books, but was not a "big star" during her lifetime. [...]

What A “Romantic Novel” Is . . . And What It Is Not

What A “Romantic Novel” Is . . . And What It Is Not

My wife is in Lisbon for a couple of days... I saw her off at the airport yesterday morning - very early... After I got home, I spent some time working. When I paused for a break, I made a mistake: I read Twitter. When will I learn to stick to Instagram? Following links, I [...]

Let “Common Sense” Prevail

Let “Common Sense” Prevail

As you may have seen, CNN is caught up in a social media controversy. One of its reporters unmasked and confronted the pseudonymous originator of a "meme"/"gif" that sees U.S. President Donald Trump standing next to a wrestling ring and suddenly smashing to the ground - World Wrestling fashion - another suited man whose head [...]

The Not Yet “Special Relationship”

The Not Yet “Special Relationship”

Seeing how Conventions: The Garden At Paris has been doing (probably because of its temporary "99p" price, I know) at Amazon.co.uk pleases me because I think it could be interesting to British readers. Yes, the main character is an American. However, the tale would not be what it is without its British characters, British perspective(s), [...]

Understanding Our Ancestors

Understanding Our Ancestors

As we know, Amazon reviews can make entertaining reading. Occasionally you have to remind yourself those reviewers actually saw the same film, or read the same book. Sometimes the strikingly different takeaways are even found one right after another: Those are just two examples of a slew of "180 degree" opposing reactions to a film [...]

“Freebies” For “Honest” Reviews?

“Freebies” For “Honest” Reviews?

Due to what I have seen regularly "out there," and with my brand new Conventions, as well as my first book, Passports, available on Kindle promo for 99c each until next week [UPDATE: it will run indefinitely], this awkward issue again jumped to my mind. I realized I have never addressed it here before. I [...]

Two Tales And Two Centuries

Two Tales And Two Centuries

I can't remember off the top of my head the last time I did one, so it must have been quite a while ago. However, it's June and full summer (in the northern hemisphere at any rate) is almost upon us. So I thought this might be a good time... How about a book "promotion?" [...]

Ballots Not Battle

Ballots Not Battle

As I have written previously, I do not take a public stance about British politics. I have my private opinions of course, and they're known to family and friends. However, when you are a guest in someone else's home, I believe you respect the homeowner and keep your mouth shut about their choice of political [...]

The Four Questions

The Four Questions

As a writer, over time you find you are generally asked these questions in order (over and over by different people): 1) What are you working on now? 2) When will it be finished? 3) (After it's finished.) How is it doing/going (meaning selling)? 4) Sold the movie rights yet? (Asked usually with a laugh, [...]

“Interview”: The Author Reflects On His 18th Century Extravaganza

“Interview”: The Author Reflects On His 18th Century Extravaganza

Questioner: Thank you for coming along this morning to this self-interview, Robert. We have heard about the overnight terror attacks in central London... R. J. Nello: Unless we are completely wrong about what went on, given how the attacks were carried out it appears to be yet another set of maniacs who believe they are [...]