Writer Tech: Connecting historical dots

While working on each of my previous six novels, I assumed it was either the only or the last story I’d ever write. Even follow-on books like Children of God and Epitaph came as a surprise to me. So I’m amazed to find that I’ve begun to do the research for an eighth novel. I … Read more…

PBS: “Murder of a President” on American Experience

When developing a historical novel, I try to get a sense of what’s going on in the wider world that surrounds my story’s setting. War is always there in the background: impending wars, current wars, wars still haunting the dreams of veterans. But what else happening? What’s scandalous? What’s amusing? What are people reading? What … Read more…

First two reviews of Epitaph!

Have to admit, I flinched at the first sentence, thinking I’d get slammed for too much tedious detail, but then…   Library Journal Starred Review January 1, 2015 In this follow-up to Doc, Russell is on a mission: she will leave no stone unturned, no seemingly tangential character undeveloped, no political maneuver unexamined in order … 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…

Okay, I know they’re actors, but…

… when a gentleman dressed as Doc Holliday or Wyatt Earp stops by to chat at my book table, it is a thrill. Yesterday, I spent seven hours in the bookstore and gift shop at the O.K. Corral, while hundreds of people shuffled through, buying souvenirs and tickets to the gunfight reenactment done 2-3 times … Read more…

Why don’t (s)he write?

Remember that line from Dances With Wolves? Kevin Costner and a teamster come across a skeleton and the teamster says, “Somewhere back east, his sister is wondering, Why don’t he write?” I’m not dead, but I’ll  put it this way: 1500+ people have climbed Mt. Everest. Only 67 have completed this ride. About 4:30 yesterday, … Read more…