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Through the Viewfinder — Hoengseong, South Korea

There was a time, many, many years ago when I once dreamed of becoming the next Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, or Martin Scorcese before I started to study film at Southern Illinois University and “Bubbles, the Nudie Dancer” (Damaged Goods) shattered that dream. Working on this Korean War documentary in Hoengseong this past weekend, […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — Number One this Hour

You know how Andy Warhol once said that we would all be famous for fifteen minutes? Well, I think I had a couple of those minutes today when my latest book, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm shot up the charts on Amazon’s Hot New Releases’ list to Number One. It was […]

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Stopping by a Palace on a Snowy Morning

An excerpt from my soon to be published novel about life in Korea. Snow began to fall on a late Thursday afternoon. By eight that night, when I finished teaching, there was about an inch of snow on the ground. It was coming down hard, wet, and thick and would continue to snow throughout the […]

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Review in Three Wise Monkeys

War Remains recently got a nice write up in Three Wise Monkeys; immediately it was linked to another Korean website. It’s nice to see the novel finally getting more press here in Korea and other places. On Amazon, seven readers have left reviews. Word of mouth. That’s what it’s all about.

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How do I get Nicky Terrando from Point A to Point B?

You know that scene in 1990’s The Hunt for the Red October when Dr. Ryan (Alec Baldwin) is trying to figure out how to get the Soviet sailors off the Red October so Captain First Rank Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) can defect? He runs through all these possibilities until he figures out that…. (I don’t […]

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Military Writers Society of America Announces the 2011 book awards and Korean War Book Finalists

Military Writers Society of America Announces the 2011 book awards and Korean War Book Finalists. My Korean War novel, War Remains has been nominated in two categories, including Korean War Book Award.

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Testors Model Paint

The cool thing about the writing is not just the story, but the little details, the verbal brushstrokes you add to the story that sometimes are from your past; in this case, a little “Testors model paint” that I have one of the characters talking about. It’s just a small detail in the story, but […]

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When a hard rain falls — with a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan

This could very well be the cover of the book I am now writing. You might be wondering why I would want to select the cover of the book before I have finished writing  it. It’s for inspiration. I see the cover and it inspires me, helps me to visualize the story and in some […]

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Writing is easy; Promoting your book is harder

That’s what I’ve been finding out ever since War Remains was published seven months ago. I’ve done everything that was suggested by authors and indie publishers, from setting up a page on Facebook to having its own blog. I’ve sent out press releases, have had two newspaper interviews, and have recently entered the novel into […]

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Yikes! $178.05 for a hardcover edition of War Remains!

The other day my friend Dave Steele (author of the Sexton series) sent me an email informing me that a hardcover edition of War Remains was going for $178.05! “That’s no misprint Jeffrey,” Dave went on to say in his email. $178.05. I was going to have to check that out for myself. Dave was […]

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