Tag Archives: Children of the Folded Valley

Why do I write?

Someone recently asked me why I write. It’s a fair question, and after stating the obvious reason (to silence the voices in my head by putting them on paper), I came up with three additional reasons, all of them beginning … Continue reading

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Download Children of the Folded Valley FREE – for five days only!

Anyone who grew up in a cult, or amid a stifling religious atmosphere, may find my most successful novel, Children of the Folded Valley, resonates with their own experience. Certainly I’d be lying if I claimed my own rather peculiar … Continue reading

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Book reviews: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Obviously it is gratifying to see my books being appreciated by reviewers on Amazon and in other places where they are sold. However, I get a similar, arguably masochistic pleasure from bad reviews. In that spirit, here are excerpts from … Continue reading

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A point of view about points of view

First-person, present-tense narratives seem to be increasingly popular these days. Zena Shapter’s Towards White is a good recent case in point. Her use of first-person present-tense places the reader on a thrilling and mysterious knife-edge. I’ve yet to write an … Continue reading

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Religious Censorship and related matters

In the past, I’ve had it put to me by some of my more hot-under-the-dog-collar fellow believers, that I have no business telling stories that contain sex and violence. My response to such accusations is to point them firmly in … Continue reading

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Christmas Present Ideas Part Two – Books for Grown-Ups

Christmas is rapidly approaching, but if you are scratching your head over potential presents, why not try one of my novels? In this second of a two-part series, I take a quick look at what I have written primarily for … Continue reading

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All my novels now available as paperbacks from Amazon

At long last, I have stopped procrastinating, deferring, delaying, dilly-dallying, putting off, hanging fire, dragging my feet, beating about the bush and taking a rain check (or a “precipitation verification” as I sometimes call it, since the expression, American in … Continue reading

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Download Children of the Folded Valley FREE – for five days only

Get my most successful novel Children of the Folded Valley absolutely FREE on Amazon Kindle – for five days only! Here is the blurb from the back of the book: During a journey to visit his estranged sister, James Harper … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Children of the Folded Valley

Concluding my series on inspiration and influences for my novels, here’s a look at the stories that informed my most successful and “personal” book to date, Children of the Folded Valley. A coming of age memoir set against a “light” … Continue reading

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Managing Metaphors

Sometimes metaphors in novels can seem crass and unwieldy. Other times they can be sublime. But what is the difference between good and bad use? My general rule of thumb is that deliberate metaphors should only be included if they … Continue reading

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