I’m grateful to friend and author Marnie Cate for inspiring this post and hosting it on her lovely website a few weeks ago. When I first visited Marnie’s site, I noticed that her work concerns magic and the paranormal. I had to admit off the bat that, by contrast, I am primarily drawn to realism. However, […]
MUSIC — The ULTIMATE INSPIRATION
Many thanks to Dawn Brazil, an author and all-round great person, who not only provided the inspiration for this post but also shared it first on her blog, Dawn Brazil’s Brilliant Babbles about Books — When I first visited Dawn’s website several weeks ago, I was impressed with her use of music: music video clips, […]
Keep Pushing Those Boundaries, Kiddo!
The topic of child welfare looms large in my novel Our Orbit, which tells the story of an Appalachian girl who crosses the tracks to become a foster daughter in an educated family. In gratitude to those who helped me learn about the many demands and great rewards of foster care, I continue to share information & perspectives […]
Do You #LitFic? Does Anyone, Anymore?
As you would expect, I believe literary fiction is still vibrant and important because those are the books I like to read. Still less surprising in light of my convictions: it’s the type of book I do my best to write. My new novel, Our Orbit, may not be philosophical, contains no elaborate symbols, and […]
A Letter To Christians In Indiana, From Jesus
Several topics drive the story of my novel Our Orbit. Discrimination and religious issues play a major role in the plot. To open the way for conversation on these matters, I offer the following guest post from the blog of John Pavlovitz, Stuff That Needs to Be Said, first published on March 28, 2015. John wrote […]