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Saving Euridice is out!Posted  May 15th, 2018 in Images


My new novel Saving Euridice has just been published. Unless Euridice Wants Saving, Orpheus’s Trek to Hell and Back Is Just an Ego Trip Saving Euridice plunges you into desperate times. In the midst of Germany’s post-WWII collapse, Pvt. Winston Drake, a U.S. Army clerk, meets Stetti, a fine cellist and committed Marxist. Trying to [...]





Thicket of Opportunity is out!Posted  February 24th, 2015 in Images


My new book on using the concept I call smart risk-taking to achieve more and bigger success in daily life is now available in both paper and Kindle versions. The title is Thicket of Opportunity: How Smart Risk-Taking Supercharges Personal Success. If you’re ready to succeed more and fail less, check it out.





Strong Female Protagonists, Doing MorePosted  September 27th, 2012 in Images


Strong women protagonists: It is definitely by design that I feature them in my fiction. I’m not the first to write strong female characters. Fiction is full of them as it should be, since real-life women are so often truly strong. Where I hope to be unique (or at least unusual) is giving my strong [...]





What’s in a Name? Titling my novels.Posted  September 6th, 2012 in Images


I think a novel’s title has two purposes: It should convey a flavor of both the story and the writing style. It should entice potential readers. For me, the best titles work on several levels, both the obvious and the subtle. Of literary novels, some of my favorite titles include Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, [...]





Cotton and Silk and Madama ButterflyPosted  August 27th, 2012 in Images


Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has been a favorite of opera-goers for over a century. It premiered in 1904 (unsuccessfully), was revised, and became a hit later that year. It’s kept its position as a fan-favorite ever since. Butterfly is the tragic story of a lover’s triangle made up of a young Japanese girl (Cio-Cio-san, or Butterfly [...]





The Cars of AOW and C&SPosted  August 24th, 2012 in Images


In 20th Century historical fiction, automobiles can powerfully evoke the times. Who can see a beat-up olive-drab jeep without thinking of World War II? Here are some of the cars mentioned in my novels: In An Owl’s Whisper, Stan Chandler calls his Ford “a fliver.” This 1935 coupe is what his car looked like when [...]





Eva and La FoliaPosted  August 23rd, 2012 in Images


The “La Folia” musical strain has been called, “the most lasting and famous tune in western music” and “A musical cathedral.” It is my favorite musical element. When I was sketching Eva’s character for An Owl’s Whisper, for some reason that music kept running through my head. Must’ve been my subconscious at work. The Folia [...]





The Aircraft of Cotton and SilkPosted  August 23rd, 2012 in Images


Japanese Zero Fighter, perhaps the most beautiful means of destruction ever made by man. US Navy Wildcat Fighter, the tough scrapper that kept the US Navy in the game in the war’s first years. US Navy Hellcat Fighter, a brute that put Zeke on the canvas. Zero and Hellcat, after the war, two champions finally [...]





Parent and ChildPosted  August 23rd, 2012 in Images


The relationship of children to their parents is an important element in both An Owl’s Whisper and Cotton and Silk. In C&S, the spotlight is on Eri’s connection to her father Hiroshi and on Nik’s to his father Rup. Eri and Hiroshi have a complicated relationship: There is deep love and respect for each other, [...]





Coyote, Eagle, and Moon, Northwest Native stylePosted  June 14th, 2012 in Images


  Northwest Native artist Joe Wilson is well known for his classic, traditional work. These three prints by him are hung as a cluster in my home and  depict characters common in Northwest Native lore: Moon, Wolf, and Eagle. I take the liberty of thinking of wolf as her cousin, Coyote. That makes this trio represent  [...]