Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Writer’s Perspective: The Story of Obama and Osama

In the best told stories, be they truth or fiction, the villain is ultimately handed the justice deserved, often by the least-likely hero in the least-likely circumstances. Who would believe that a man named Obama would set in motion the chain of events that would bring about the demise of a villain named Osama? Shouldn’t there be a Nostradamus quatrain dedicated to this?

The death of Osama bin Laden stirs memories and arouses many emotions in all Americans, but if you look at the storyline as a writer, it raises an important question. Does your own storyline provide an unexpected and satisfying twist? Do your villains get the justice they deserve?


  1. As a reader, I do feel satisfied when the baddie gets their just desserts. As a writer, I also tend to ensure the bad guy gets a taste of his own medicine.

  2. I think it's great the hero is the nerd instead of the cowboy in this case. Go nerds!

  3. Great post! My baddies get their just end from an unlikely source--always. ; )

  4. Great question. Mine's a bit trickier, and perhaps not quite a "black and white" happily ever after ending ;)