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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Midnight in Peking by Paul French

Midnight in Peking is a gripping non fiction story, a good read and a history lesson all rolled up into one fascinating murder mystery. It is the true story of the vicious murder of a young woman, Pamela Werner, whose father was a former British consul to China in 1937. It is told against the tense backdrop of the advance of Japanese troops and the uncertainty of Chiang Kai-shek's government. It is a study in contrasts: Chinese and foreigner, rich and poor, good and evil, rumors and truth.  Through it all a grieving father struggles to find justice for his murdered daughter and he is thwarted at every turn. It is a heart-breaking story that gives insight into the main characters but also to the mood and events of the time. The author has done a spectacular job of research and bringing a bit of justice to a murder case that was buried in ineptness,corruption and the turbulent times prior to World War II. Love it!

Has anyone read it yet?

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