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.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Scheherazade's Eggplant

I digress and apologize, but writers have to eat too. I have these incredible Rosa Bianca eggplants in my garden. They are white with a blush of lavender and they have the most delectable, luscious flesh that is always creamy smooth and never bitter. So I was craving eggplant dipped in batter and panko crumbs and fried up all crispy sweet. You can find the recipe here if you are an eggplant lover. Enjoy. It's magical.


  1. Yeah; but what if I want what You're cooking? I love eggplant, but like someone else to do the cooking.

    Ain't that just like you to tease Linda :( (See starvation tears flowing through the ethernet)

    Have a happy 4th.


    1. Ah, you gotta give it a try. It's very easy.

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  2. LOL; that last word verif was "stingy 6" so I had to share it.


  3. Oh Linda you love that wacky word verification doncha? I adore eggplant but have only eaten the really blacky purple ones or the stripey ones. Love it cooked anyway!


  4. Hi Linda,
    I tried your panko crusted eggplant and just loved it. It's like eating tempura!
    Pinned it in Pinterest too!

    Maria L.