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The Panama Affair — The Soundtrack

It’s true that when I write, I often see a movie in a mind. And if I am seeing a movie in my mind, I need some music. At the same time, music from a particular period, such as the late 60s for Ice Cream Headache, also inspires me when I write. For The Panama […]

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And so it begins

On June 9, 1976, I started Air Force basic training. On June 9, 1980, I started classes at Southern Illinois University. On June 9, 1989, I arrived in Japan to teach English. Today I published The Panama Affair. Coincidence? I don’t think so. After almost two years of writing and revising and then writing and […]

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The End is Near

After almost two years of writing, revising, editing, and doing it all over again, my latest novel, The Panama Affair will soon see the light of day. It’s been quite the journey. In fact, this novel originally started out as a screenplay in the spring of 1980, just a few months before I got out of […]

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The Panama Affair — Coming Soon!

It’s such a thrill to say those two words, coming soon, when I am ready to publish another novel. I am very excited about my latest, The Panama Affair. Of all my books, this one was by far the hardest to write. A lot had to do with all the twists and turns in the plot as […]

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City on Fire

Nearing the end of my novel about Panama and the exciting conclusion which takes place during Operation Just Cause. Will Kevin Rooney save the friend who betrayed him by the stealing Inez, the girl of his dreams, away from him ten years earlier? Will Buck Smith, the CIA agent, allow his Panamanian friend, who he […]

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Panama Daze

You might say that I have been in a daze since I started working on my new novel which takes place in Panama during the 1970s-1980s.  For the past two months I have been working on this new novel as much as I can when I am not teaching or spending time with my children. […]

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Leonard’s Bicycle Shop

    Although I don’t directly mention Leonard’s Bicycle Shop directly in Ice Cream Headache, the bicycle shop plays an important role in the novella. Looking at this photo, it was probably taken right around the time that the story takes place. Set in a small, industrial town in Illinois in 1968, the lives of […]

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NaNoWriMo: Challenge Accepted

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is the annual month-long writing event whereby aspiring as well as published authors spend one month writing a novel of 50,000 words. Basically, it’s a contest for people who have always talked about writing that “book” one day, but for some reason or another have never gotten around to doing […]

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Ice Cream Headache and Oglesby, Illinois

Although there might be some truth to the claim that you can’t go home again, I most certainly did when I wrote Ice Cream Headache. And it’s only fitting, given the number of years that I have lived overseas, that I “return” home  a lot in my stories, especially when I am waxing nostalgic about […]

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Can you judge a book by its cover?

This is the rhetorical question posed by Book Daily: Rhetorical question for most; Real dilemma for authors. After spending what feels like decades writing your masterpiece and surviving several rounds of brutal editing, it can be daunting to have to then vet cover designs. However, it would be naive to think that the cover of […]

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