NatHist of a Novel: Poe is a go.

I’ve moved from 87% committed to the Poe novel to “Okay. I’m in.” Here’s why: 1. The first two biographies I’ve read have kept my interest and I’m looking forward to more research. 2. I’m starting this book largely ignorant of Poe’s historical, political and literary context. It’s been fun and fascinating to stretch out … Read more…

Writer tech: narration, POV and “head-hopping”

Well, here I am, writing a blog post when I’m one chapter away from completing the first draft of Epitaph. Why? Because I woke up at 5 AM with an urgent desire to read a biography of William S. Hart. Bill Hart was the silent film-era Western star who befriended Wyatt and Josie Earp during … Read more…

Yes, I’m writing a sequel to Doc.

When I was writing Doc, I believed it would be a stand-alone historical novel like A Thread of Grace or Dreamers of the Day. I thought the story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was so well known, so much a part of American folklore, that there was no point in going back over … Read more…