Time to change the tune from stories of conflict to stories of love. Here are some scenes from END OF THE RACE that give a picture of Annika’s and Brian’s childhood bond. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brian, Age 10 1984 Brian braked his bike. Ahead, where the creek alongside the path drifted into a pond, a girl in […]
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END OF THE RACE Released!
I’m now proud to announce that END OF THE RACE will be in print as of Monday, May 3rd. After all of the blog discussion of polarization, culture wars, and social change, it’s time to refocus on the central theme of this book. By 2007, the cleavage of right from left was a done deal. […]
The Struggle to Belong in THE INHERITORS
To deal with conflicting cultures is to be American. If you’ve grown up and passed through adulthood without dealing with religious, national, racial, or social class conflict, you are probably unusual. I grew up– in an Ivory Tower community attended elementary school with children primarily from Appalachia in a city know as a great cultural […]
Origin of End of the Race
The culture conflict discussed in the last blog is a thread that runs throughout END OF THE RACE, a sub-plot but not the novel’s central focus. That came while idly reading a news article about a missing man and wondering “Why?” “What’s the story?” Those questions drive the story, but the content and depth arise […]
The inner Life of END OF THE RACE
But once triggered, every story takes it shape from the mysterious convergence of many strands, conscious and unconscious, so it is always a source of amazement, to me, that the result is a coherent whole.
Opening END OF THE RACE
In my opening blog last week, I promised more about End of the Race, my new contemporary mystery, coming May 5th and now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble . Talking about a book is always a poor substitute for opening it, so here is a taste. Chapter 1 2007 Annika […]
Introducing END OF THE RACE!
Greetings, everyone, I’m delighted to introduce my new contemporary mystery, END OF THE RACE, a family drama surrounding an Olympic hopeful swimmer whose husband and coach mysteriously disappears in the midst of training for the China Olympics. Progress on this novel has been slowed by the turmoils of the national scene, which consumed my head […]
Thank You Chanticleer Reviews!
My many thanks to Chanticleer Reviews for honoring my novels among their Somerset Prize winners, especially because, though many times a finalist, I’ve never won the grand prize. Let me also give thanks for the help and encouragement they’ve given me and so many aspiring others. If you are a writer and haven’t discovered their […]
The Second Mrs. Price: A Beautiful Read
“In the Midwest, in the spring, there are a few days so warm and soft, so gently in motion, so tenderly inviting, that we forget the ravages of the winter just behind us, the heavy breathless summer days just ahead; we accept that we are home, that we are where we belong.” Thus Toni Fuhrman […]
The Camera’s Eye: Opening Chapter
Here’s a taste of my just released novel, THE CAMERA’S EYE, a story of two women in search of their harasser. Chapter 1 The crash sat Veronica Lorimer up in her bed. A second one, followed by a revving engine and spurt of gravel from spinning tires, sent her toward the stairs, pulling […]
New Release! THE CAMERA’S EYE
I’m proud to announce my fifth novel, THE CAMERA’S EYE, has now been released. The manuscript for this novel was a finalist for the William Faulkner Wisdom Award in 2015, so I’m especially pleased to see it finally in print. I have tried to write stories that break through the rigid ideological thinking of our […]
Mystery and Suspense: The Camera’s Eye
The launch of my new novel, THE CAMERA’S EYE for e-book and print edition is now set for November 4th. Meanwhile, I’ll whet your appetite with a few excerpts and some photos of the northwest country where takes place. Here we go. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Opening The crash sat Veronica Lorimer up in her bed. […]