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Madoff Met His Match – but they both fell hard.

Working with an Editor

My third novel, Death Logs Out, is completed - not finished. Now it goes off to an editor. Historically, when an editor has completed their work on my books, I will take their comments, get angry, reject all critical notes and how to correct them, state out loud that they were the wrong person to edit my type of story . . . I’ll put the whole thing out of mind for several days. Then, at night, while turning over in bed, I will see the first glimpses of – perhaps that one of the points was spot on, then maybe another one or two. That will percolate for a day or so. Then, another night, a few more...

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Writing Fiction While In The South Of France

In advance of our annual summer trip to the South of France, I'll share with an article I was asked to write for a media outlet in Europe. --------- For the past twenty years my wife and I have spent the better parts of August and September in the South of France. Five years ago, while lounging around the pool at the Chateau de la Messardiere in Saint-Tropez, the bartender came to my chair and, whispering discretely, let me know that my wife, Andrea, was locked inside the ladies room. This was when I decided to utilize the South of France as a location in my novels. In both Death Never...

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HARPER LEE

We all crave more from those we love who, due to age or circumstances, may no longer be able to provide it – or who may have passed away. For those of us who remember and cherished “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the chance to revisit Atticus and Scout and to learn more about them seemed out of reach. We never expected to hear from Harper Lee again, except perhaps the news of her passing. To have this new novel arrive in our lives now, after so many years, is like hearing again from someone we loved whom we thought was gone forever. I have just read the first chapter. I can’t wait for the rest.

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Summer Reading

I am delighted to be included on a number of Summer Reading Lists this season. I think thrillers are so popular this time of year because most casual readers don’t read about science, they want – or need – an escape and thrillers are a great escape. Sitting on a beach, listening to the waves hitting the sand knowing that you’re going to have the time and a peaceful environment to immerse yourself in a perilous other world – of spies or murders or high-stake art thefts - is the perfect escape from the pressures of normal daily life. That you will have the time to complete the story...

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