A Happier Perspective On Donald Trump’s Presidency

Readers, if there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I love getting a shift in perspective. A slight twist of the lens, a zoom in or out, some new information provided: I feel a deep thrill to have an issue freshened, a story given new dimension. (In another life, I might have been a judge.)   I usually keep these revelations to myself. I also don’t usually talk politics on the... read more

Why Historical Fiction Matters, More Than Ever

Why do you read what you read, and write what you write? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot in 2016. Remember back in January, when I posted about trying to choose between Mr. Fiction and Mr. Nonfiction? And how it took me over eight months of working on a nonfiction project before I was able to clear the path to focus on fiction and memoir? Committing to one or two forms of writing, like... read more

Game Change

A few weekends ago, I was in the middle of recovering from a bad virus. I’d been stuck at home, feeling miserable, for several days. I’d watched hours and hours of Gossip Girl on Netflix, and my brain was feeling sluggish and spongey. I couldn’t take another minute in front of the idiot box. That was my frame of mind when I wandered over to my bookshelf and picked up a copy of this book,... read more