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A Conversation with Mark Dawson, author of The Cleaner

A Conversation with Mark Dawson, author of The Cleaner   Who is John Milton? What is his role in MI5? John Milton is a government assassin who has killed more than 100 people and has increasingly struggled with his conscience. After the assassination of two Iraqi scientists is witnessed by a child (and knowing that […]


The Ten Best Poems of All Time

The Ten Best Poems of All Time   What is poetry and how do we define what makes a poem great? According to Merriam-Webster, poetry is “writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.”    National Poetry Month […]


Advice for Writers: Find Your Niche

Advice for Writers: Find Your Niche When I first started writing novels and trying to get published, I wrote historical romance novels. I created the business cards to put my best foot forward and portray myself as a professional at writing conferences. I thought the card would tell others that I was a real writer. […]


A Thriller Writer’s Guide to Effective Newsletters

  “Newsletters suck. Mine doesn’t.” That’s the copy on the little pop-up you see when visiting my website. Accompanying that message is a picture of a forlorn kitten, along with a promise of said kitten not getting its next meal unless you sign up for my newsletter. But a gimmicky signup form does not a […]


A Writer’s Guide to Effective Newsletters

A Writer’s Guide to Effective Newsletters “Newsletters suck. Mine doesn’t.” That’s the copy on the little pop-up you see when visiting my website. Accompanying that message is a picture of a forlorn kitten, along with a promise of said kitten not getting its next meal unless you sign up for my newsletter. But a gimmicky […]


Technology and The Modern Novel

Technology and The Modern Novel My next novel, The Sacrifice of Lester Yates, will be released April 27, 2021. However, its foundation is firmly ensconced in the 1980s. In those days, I was the senior reporter on the investigative team for the Columbus Dispatch and working on a series about wrongful convictions. During the exploratory […]


 Fabulism Unbound: Neil Gaiman, Gabriel García Márquez, Alice Hoffman, Charles de Lint, and Haruki Murakami And The Books That Should Be On Every Bookshelf

 Fabulism Unbound: Neil Gaiman, Gabriel García Márquez, Alice Hoffman, Charles de Lint, and Haruki Murakami And The Books That Should Be On Every Bookshelf   I’ve always loved fabulism—fiction that is firmly grounded in everyday life but with elements of magic. My favorite authors play with our notions of realism, and understand that as much […]


Confessions of a Type Cast Writer

Confessions of a Type Cast Writer   I like to admit it or not, I think I’ve been type cast. Not that I’m bothered, mind you, because there are a lot worse things than having your series labeled by The New York Times as, “thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales.” […]


DVD Review: Quiz

DVD Review: Quiz Quiz is based on the true story of the biggest game show scandal since Twenty-One in the 1950’s.  Many Americans are unaware that Who Wants to be A Millionaire? was originally a British series, which was imported to the United States, where pounds were converted into dollars.  Quiz begins with the network, […]


Marketing Is More Than Saying “Buy My Book!”

Marketing Is More Than Saying “Buy My Book!”   Writing the words in your story is just where it begins.   There is more. So much more. That is, if you are a novelist who isn’t just writing for yourself (a noble calling) and who wants anyone other than your family and neighbors (if even […]


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