Diving Deep into the Worlds Between the Words

Diving Deep into the Worlds Between the Words

A young reader sent me the above rendering of Mr. Spiro’s philosophy of life – “the quartering of the soul” from PAPERBOY. I love it when readers – young or old – make a deep dive into a book, any book. There are the words on the page and then there...
In Memoriam: My Writing Dog

In Memoriam: My Writing Dog

I don’t remember the date when Willie first joined me at the foot of my writing desk, but I know he was less than a year old. My writing routine, born out of working many years at afternoon newspapers, began around 3:30 in the morning. I would climb out of bed, make a...
In whatever language, thanks for reading

In whatever language, thanks for reading

One of the delights of having your books published in other countries is to attempt to assess how it is being received by non-English speaking readers. Of the dozen or so countries that have published my works, perhaps the most interesting responses have come from...
New Discussion Guide Available for COPYBOY

New Discussion Guide Available for COPYBOY

Teachers, book clubs and close readers of COPYBOY will be interested in a new Discussion Guide designed by Capstone, publisher of my novel. The guide can be accessed here. The guide includes 10 discussion ideas that dive deeply into aspects of the novel. For instance:...
My Writing Dog Turns 13 Today

My Writing Dog Turns 13 Today

Writing is lonely. The very act precludes taking anyone else on the solitary journey. You slip into other worlds unannounced and you must do it by yourself. The one exception, if you’re lucky, is a writing dog. I guess you could have a writing cat, but I prefer a dog....
What’s Up With the PAPERBOY Musical?

What’s Up With the PAPERBOY Musical?

Close friends and my publishing associates know that a musical based on PAPERBOY has been in the works for some time. No public announcements have been made because, frankly, there was nothing to announce officially, even though much work has gone on during the past...