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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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Book Cover for Ice Cream Headache?

As the editing of my novella enters its second round, I have started to look for an appropriate cover idea for the book. Originally I wanted to have a photo of a milkshake or a malt in a glass, in the foreground with the background out of focus (I have a photographer back in the […]

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Battle of Taejon — July 14, 1950

On this day in 1950, the Battle of Taejon (Daejeon) began. After U.S. forces, (Task Force Smith) were overrun north of Osan on July 5 and Chonan fell three days later on July 8th, the North Korean juggernaut rolled into Tajeon. One week later, Taejon would fall, but not before the U.S. 24th Infantry Division […]

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Some people say the nicest things

Bumped into a colleague today who had just finished reading War Remains. He bought two copies of it from me last week, one for himself and one for his father in Australia. Anyway, he told me how much he liked it and asked me if it was based on a true story. I told him […]

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Korean War Documentary on MBC (South Korea)

Two months ago I was approached by a Korean filmmaker who asked me if I would be interested in taking part in a documentary he was making on the Korean War. Turns out the documentary he was making was about the Battle of Hoengseong which I described in my novel War Remains and that one […]

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