Writer’s Digest Review

Recently, Aaron’s War, competed in the 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Fiction Contest. The judge’s commentary follows:  The premise behind this wartime tale, that a boy signs up to fight the enemy only to find out that he has a bigger stake in things than he realized, is one I haven’t really encountered and it worked out well. Watching Aaron struggle not only with how to be a soldier in the middle of a war, but a Jew, was fascinating. And on top of that, he fell in love, married, and Read More …

Voyages of Life -draft

Forty-eight years is a long time and even a longer time to miss the woman you love.   The Voyage of Life story is told as the Robert Cole Voyage of Life paintings are described by the woman he loves: Childhood, Youth, Manhood and Old Age.  The paintings become a metaphor for Sean’s life–the verdant landscape and calm waters of childhood become turbulent in youth and then early in manhood the shores turn rocky when he believes his one true love left him for another man.

On Editing Aaron’s War

Editing Aaron’s War My novel, Aaron’s War, is in the can, as movie people would say. The first phase of editing was an evaluation process—does the story work, stick together, flow?  What is the genre? Does the book have market appeal?  Secondly, the editor went through the book line by line. I used to see editing as mainly inserting and subtracting commas, adding colons, hyphenations, em dashes, checking spelling etc. But, I have learned that not all editors agree on all the grammar rules anyway, and have come to understand Read More …

Update on Aaron’s War

I’m working on the forward for my new novel Aaron’s War. The book is not a religious book but has some religious overtones, but it’s hard to imagine a WWII fiction novel without some religious considerations. The main character, Aaron, was given his name by his Jewish father and mother. Biblically, Aaron (Ahron) was the brother of Moses and the first High Priest.  In the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, which lays out the laws of Moses, fifteen times the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. Aaron was known Read More …

Aaron’s War

I am working on the forward for my new novel Aaron’s War. The book is not a religious book but has some religious overtones.  It is hard to imagine a WWII fiction novel without some religious considerations. The main character, Aaron, was given his name by his Jewish father and mother. Biblically, Aaron (Ahron) was the brother of Moses and the first High Priest.  In the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, which lays out the laws of Moses, fifteen times the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. Aaron was Read More …

Voyage of Life – Amazon

    Voyage of Life is now available on Amazon Forty-eight years is a long time and even a longer time to miss the only woman you ever loved. The Voyage of Life, coming of age in the sixties story, is told as the Robert Cole Voyage of Life paintings are described by the woman Sean loves: Childhood, Youth, Manhood and Old Age.  The painting’s descriptions become a metaphor for his life–the verdant landscape and calm waters of childhood become turbulent in youth and then early in manhood the shores turn Read More …