Who’s Your Favorite Churchill?

What two things do Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Hardy, Gary Oldman and Timothy Spall have in common? The easy answer is that each has starred in the Harry Potter movies: Gambon as Dumbledore, Gleeson as Mad Eye Moody, Hardy as Cornelius Fudge, Oldman as Sirius Black, and Spall as Peter Pettigrew. The more elusive […]

The Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen the two best movies of 2017 (so far). One you’ve probably heard of; it’s a big budget, heavily advertised summer blockbuster. The other didn’t even play at our local theaters. And both, interestingly, deal with the same subject matter, the evacuation that came to be known as the […]

Novels- Stand Alone Sequels

I’m working with cover designer Nat Shane to get two books ready for the marketplace.  They are HOLLYWOOD STARLET, a novella, and TEMPORARY ALLIANCE.  These are prequel and sequel to THE MOVIE STAR AND ME which was published last August.
HOLLYWOOD STARLET is set in 1939 and is the story of a small-town girl, Vera Vance, […]

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 […]

Legitimacy– How Getting Traditionally Published Changed my Perception

A couple of weeks ago, I received a package from Brilliance Audio.  Inside were five copies of the new audio edition of BERLIN CALLING.  Then last week, another package arrived.  This one contained the new print edition which is currently available for pre-ordering at amazon.com.
Ha! I thought. My book has been published!  Now I’m a […]

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 […]

The Lesson of Christmas Travel

I trudged up the steps, set my suitcases by the door, my eyes tired from a day of arduous travel.   It was almost midnight, three days before Christmas.
My day had started at 0530 when I checked out of my hotel in Killeen, Texas, outside the gates of sprawling Fort Hood. I had arrived in Texas […]

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, […]

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is now upon us and it seems like a good time to start (and hopefully finish) a new novel, doesn’t it?  November is a great time to get into the writing spirit and the folks over at NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) picked a wonderful time to motivate to crank out […]

Successful Self-Publishing

It took me quite a while to realize success in self-publishing.  The first task for any of us is to write a good book—after all, that’s really what we’re trying to sell!  But as I learned, successful self-publishing really starts with a marketing plan.  I greatly enjoy writing and I like research too, which is […]