Category Archives: Writing

Why Genealogy and Time Travel are a Bad Match

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“If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?” I have the great fortune of having had a wealthy great uncle invest some money into my family’s genealogy. He had 50 beautiful, hard-cover books printed that extends one branch of my family back to the 1400s or so… I don’t know… Read more »

Who’s Reality is it Anyway?

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In the middle of writing my time travel series, WILTON’S GOLD (Amazon Kindle), I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. I was standing in front of General George Washington’s uniform that he wore during the American Revolution and a wave of emotion hit me. I realized that had the man that wore that uniform… Read more »

Props for Writing Time Travel

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Like any time travel story, my trilogy WILTON’S GOLD has many different settings. With the constant changes, I had to re-frame my thinking often as I was writing to capture the settings and, more importantly, the “feel” of each time and location. The central focus of the WILTON’S GOLD series is the ambush of gold rusher Joe Wilton in August… Read more »

Why Write Time Travel?

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I will admit that there were times over the last several years of writing WILTON’S GOLD where I got to a point in my story where I was forced to lean back in my chair and ask, “What the hell did I get myself into?” For anyone thinking of writing a time travel story, I want to warn you that it’s… Read more »

Challenges of Writing Time Travel

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Now that the WILTON’S GOLD time travel series is “out there,” (Writer’s Edge Publishing – Kindle | Nook) and being read, and as people ask me questions about my writing process, it’s been interesting to take a look back at what the challenges were in writing the trilogy. Time travel is a different kind of animal, and I tell anyone… Read more »

Inside the mind of Elmore Leonard’s researcher

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I recently submitted a short story for possible inclusion in an upcoming anthology that will be dedicated to the writing and style of the late Elmore Leonard. Leonard (GET SHORTY, RUM PUNCH, OUT OF SIGHT) has long been my favorite author and in many ways the inspiration for my own style of writing. Especially in the crime writing I’ve done (including… Read more »