the Tuesday Club

Loquacious Scribble and the Tuesday Club “Oh, we can make liquor to sweeten our lips Of pumpkins and parsnips and walnut tree chips.” (Vexed and Troubled Englishmen: 1590-1642 by Carl Bridenbaugh)             The vexed and troubled English colonists in 17th-century...

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On the Road Again

                                                                               On the Road Again          The human itch to hit the road goes way back.  Much has been written about journeys, starting with the epic poem, the Odyssey. Attributed to the Greek poet Homer,...

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Connecting the Thoughts

            Now and then someone will ask where I get my ideas.  I resist the temptation to give Isaac Asimov’s answer: “A post office box in Cleveland.”  I skip from one era, event, person, or country to another for my novels, so curiosity about what inspires them is...

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Shock and Ew-w-w-w

In 1979,  Ballantine Books gave me a contract to write a novel about the Comanches, a culture and tradition completely unknown to this Anglo-American East Coast native.  That first venture into historical research raised an unexpected question.  In 1836 what made the...

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Alligator Allegories

Light a Distant Fire is set in my home state of Florida.  Writing the story of Osceola gave me a chance to learn more about my favorite reptile, the alligator.  While driving around the state doing research, I also heard stories of people’s encounters with them. An...

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My Dead and Imaginary Friends

      In the thirty-six years I've been writing, I've acquired a fractious pack of rascally friends, both dead and imaginary.  Which explains why this is my all-time favorite cartoon. Robert Bloch once wrote, "I roll a piece of paper into the typewriter, load it with...

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