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Writing, for me, is bliss. But I am simply a conduit through which my characters tell the story. They are the story.
My body of work includes both fiction and nonfiction, short-form and long-form, as well as articles and blogs of literary interest.
While I am comfortable playing across a broad range of genres, much of my focus is on true crime, fictionalized true crime and historical fiction. Rigorous research is foundational to much of my writing. I get that honestly, having spent much of my professional career as a scientist.
Living on a lake in the north Georgia mountains, away from the rat race of the city, affords me the luxury of writing and inspires me in so many ways.
In this space I will share what I’m reading and working on, as well as other items of interest to readers and writers alike. I hope you enjoy it. I have kept some of my earlier professional articles and blogs here so you can read them as well.
An interesting take on developing fictional characters that are believable, engaging and compelling. In my opinion, great character-driven fiction requires empathy and curiosity.
Mass, Energy, and How Literature Transforms the Dead Weight of Being: Jeanette Winterson on Why We Read
Here’s a nice piece on Why we Read from Maria Popova (Brain Pickings). I hope you enjoy it. “Books read us back to ourselves… The escape into another story reminds us that we too are another story. Not caught, not confined, not predestined.”
“…style is just the baseline of good writing. Didion’s innovation was something else.” Those who know me well know that I have been a fan of Joan Didion for years. This is a worthy read by Nathan Heller in The New Yorker.