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What’s Up With The Dogs

November 3, 2017

Tags: writing, dogs, Lost & Found

Jacqueline and Major
Every time I attend a book club or read at a bookstore I am asked “Why do you include dogs in all of your books?” In fact, I didn’t include animals in my novels until my second book, 'Lost & Found' when a black Labrador with a heroic personality walked onto the stage of (more…)

Is that Place for Real?

January 28, 2016

Tags: writing, Guatemala, Atitlan, Peaks Island

When writing novels, I create characters who are fictional. It’s true that they might exhibit mannerisms that I’ve lifted from the cashier at Cumberland Farms, or a school mate from long ago. But they are imaginary people, just like Winne the Pooh or Jack Reacher.

Even imaginary characters must exist in a (more…)

One month writing in a castle

November 16, 2009

Tags: writing, fellowships, Rosslyn Chapel

Right after I decided to start a blog, I went to Scotland for a month-long writing fellowship at a castle and discovered that writing a blog was pretty hard when I had to walk for 45 minutes to get to the nearest internet. So I am back home now and promise to make up for (more…)