Where did HOME FIRES come from? That’s probably the most frequent question asked of authors, and my answer is almost always, “Who knows?” For me, that’s the fascination of writing fiction—that surprise, astonishment even, and what emerges from places I recognize but have no conscious access to. But I also know that answer only makes […]
Fifty years after the Civil Rights movement, race has once again hit the first page in the form of riots and police violence. But this time the Wall Street Journal of August 25th,”In Ferguson, Multiracial Neighborhoods Defy Image of Strife.” stressed the multiracial peace that characterizes many neighborhoods in Ferguson Missouri. And today, multiracial […]
Earlier in this series of blogs, I talked of the rewards of reading novels whose characters are swept up in the crises and “hot topics” of our times. In the discussion, I sympathized with readers who find topics such as the Holocaust and race done to death and given to ideological preaching. I recommended […]
An all to frequent response to my books is, “I don’t usually read that sort of book, but I really got into it.” So what “sort of book” do I write? Stories that sweep you into the life of the characters and move you, change your perceptions or your sense of your own life. But […]
An Invitation If you are a resident of the great Northwest or, more specifically, the Skagit, Whatcom, Island county country north of Seattle, do join me for a reading and discussion of my latest novel, HOME FIRES, at Village Books 1200 11th Street, Bellingham WA, 98225 Friday evening, June 6th, at 7PM Book signing […]
From Downton Abbey to Dallas, from The Sopranos to Days of Our Lives, family sagas keep us thirsting for the next chapter. Maybe it is to escape our own lives, but I don’t think so. I think it is to escape the loneliness of our own crises, to recognize them in the lives of others—after […]
Family secrets are imprisoned stories. The silences, the unnamed people or events that threaten the family’s sense of itself or bring stigma are erased by silence. Such is the power of language—cease speaking of it, naming it (or the person), and it ceases to exist. But someone knows or they’d never get passed […]
After years of learning the craft of fiction writing, authors face a greater challenge, one they may not have much talent for–getting their work out into the world. Here, in another interview with Kate Williams, is my story of publishing and promoting HOME FIRES.
For those of you who like to listen to authors talk about themselves, here is Part One an interview conducted by Kate Williams.
In case you haven’t visited the Amazon site for HOME FIRES lately, here’s the latest review of HOME FIRES. It’s author, John Reinhard Dizon, is the author of Nightcrawler, Tiara, and many other thrillers . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Catharsis for Christmas? Home Fires by Judith Kirscht is an intense and intricate family drama centered on the life […]
For a taste of HOME FIRES, here’s scene one: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Chapter 1 Early September. Myra Benning stood on the patio and watched as the orange of poppies emerged from the fog, then the shadowy forms on the ridge became eucalyptus, and finally the sea appeared. The fennel dotting the meadow that ran between house […]
For those of you who still love to hold a “real” book in your hands, HOME FIRES is now out in paperback. And if you find your search for a good read swamped in titles, here’s a word or two about this novel. It’s the story of a woman faced with the distintegration of her […]