Still Learning Lessons In Writing

I finished a new story last week—more on that in a minute.  Having completed that project, I finally got around to cleaning out my office.  We’ve been remodeling our house for the past several months.  In the course of that project, we would move stacks of stuff from one room to the next, always attempting […]

History in Films

Two of my passions are historical fiction and movies.  When you combine those, you can bet that I’ll be buying a ticket.  Over the holidays, I saw two movies with World War II settings.  I’m always eager to view this kind of movie because I recognize that recreating a period in time presents a filmmaker […]

Trailblazing Women in the Movies

When you think about the history of Hollywood, famous names come to mind: Louis Mayer, Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Clark Gable.  But, if you limit your recollection to only men, you’re missing a large part of what made old Hollywood so alluring, so captivating and so influential.
Women like Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, […]

Editing & Editors

When I first started working with traditional publisher Lake Union Publishing in May, my project editor Miriam Juskowicz explained the steps through which my book, BERLIN CALLING, would proceed on its way to publication. One of those steps, arguably the most crucial, was the developmental process.
Keep in mind that up until this point, I’ve been […]

Old Favorites

I enjoy old movies.  A fun night for me is to park myself in front of the TV, tune in to TCM and enjoy two uninterrupted hours of old-fashioned movie magic.  Netflix, Amazon, Apple and other outlets offer classic movies as well.  My favorite classic movie is Casablanca.  It features a magnificent cast, witty dialogue […]

The Production Code

It may be the single most famous line in movie history:

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

And yet, Rhett Butler’s iconic farewell to Scarlet O’Hara at the end of Gone With the Wind was in violation of the motion picture Production Code, a rule book of do’s and don’ts adopted by the film industry […]

Keeping Score

Writing is a great hobby. I enjoy the research which precedes writing and I like the actual process of pounding the keys on my laptop and assembling words in order to tell a story. While writing isn’t a hobby like golf or tennis where a match ends with a score and a winner, I still […]

Why I Write — Part 2

Have you ever heard of Bill Donovan? How about Mildred Gillars? Robert Jackson? Jimmy Byrnes? Each is a real person who influenced affairs and who also influenced my books—yet is little remembered today.
Bill Donovan, also known as “Wild Bill,” was a football star at Columbia University just after the turn of the 20th Century. He earned a […]

Why I Write — Part 1

I’ve long been fascinated with World War II and the innumerable stories arising from it. The conflict reached from tiny villages in remote places to the major capitals of the world and ensnared hundreds of millions of people–and every one of them had a story.
Growing up, the stories that first captured my attention were those […]

D-Day

June 6 marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, when the Allies invaded France in World War II. Seaborne invasions against a heavily fortified enemy are fraught with peril. The Allies had achieved air superiority. They had kept secret their invasion plans so that the Germans didn’t know where to concentrate their forces. The Allies also […]

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