Why Write?

Why I Write. I have been asking that question for the longest time. The other day I found an eleventh-grade report card provided some insights. When I was young my wonderments were more about who I was, how I looked, how I fit in, certainly there was no connection between grades and my future. The only connection between grades and my future came from my mother. I listened to her scold me to study but still couldn’t force myself to pay attention to schoolwork. I found trouble easier to find Read More …

Indiscretion Highway 2019

  I just entered the last keystroke for my 2019 novel Indiscretion Highway. This has been a fun book to write—fun knowing so much more about the process and my own style. Certainly, it was the most complicated novel I have written. I have mixed feelings–pride to have completed the first draft and little sad. Already I miss the daily hunt for propositions and storylines, especially the creative intensity of coming up with the right ending. My editor calls it exquisite torture.

The Imposters -The Winds of Time

Randa Hamwi Duwaji is a member of one of my writer’s groups. She is a poet and author of children books, including Heartbeats in the Wind, Reflections of an Arab Woman. She has researched the Quran as written in the original Arabic language. Christianity is not the enemy of Islam and not Jesus, who is sited 93 times and referred to over 187 times in the Quran. One of the subtle themes of Aaron’s War is Arron’s religious confusion. The German’s he was asked to kill were praying to the Read More …

Keeping the Faith

I love poets, as much out of jealousy but also for the talent and the parallel universe they must live in. I would like to live there. Cindi Reiss is a member of one of my writing groups-The Phoenix Writers Club. She is a poet. She shared with me the following pantoum, which is a form of poetry. She offers the following description of this form. “The pantoum originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a short folk poem, typically made up of two rhyming couplets that were recited or Read More …