Category: Writers and Writing

Books, writing, and the writers’ life and trials

The Puzzle

One: In a Christian Bookstore A couple years after I became known as a mystery writer, when my novel The Angel Gang came out, Alan Russell and I set off on a book signing tour. Somewhere in Central California, when

I’m and artist and so are you

An Artist? “We are God’s art, created in Christ Jesus to do works of beauty, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 “So God created mankind in his own image… male and female…” Genesis 1:27.

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Living As A Writer–What I Don’t Wish

I read quite a lot, mostly novels, which is what I most love to write. So when the thought came that of all the books I’ve read, even masterpieces and others that exhibit wit, style, plotting, wisdom or whatever I

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Stories I Don’t Wish I Wrote

I read quite a lot, mostly novels, which is what I most love to write. So when the thought came that of all the books I’ve read, even masterpieces and others that exhibit wit, style, plotting, wisdom or whatever I

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A Trip to Midheaven, Free

I was studying in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop when an editor from Viking Press came to visit. We got to talking, and she took my novel Midheaven in manuscript back to New York with her. Months passed. More

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Living as a Writer — a free trip to Midheaven

I was studying in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop when an editor from Viking Press came to visit. We got to talking, and she took my novel Midheaven in manuscript back to New York with her. Months passed. More

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Why Write?

A prologue: Though I have plenty (probably too much) to say about many subjects, I need to limit my blogging or else give up other pursuits, such as writing novels or helping with my Zoe’s softball. I’d rather limit. A

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Immortality or Promotion

Over the past couple years I have collected what would probably be a ream or so, were the collection on paper, of advice about business promotion in general and book promotion in particular. Since I’m an avid collector but not

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Clerks and Errand Boys

The other day I read about a writer for Guns and Ammo magazine who was abruptly fired after an article of his questioned the notion that any regulation of guns was unconstitutional. Apparently advertisers suggested that if the writer stayed,

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In the Bleak Midwinter

My dad loved Christmas. He even raised poinsettias. I believe they were the only plants he ever raised. Whatever time he could squeeze from life, he would take us around to wonder at vistas of lights, and to buy a

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