A Poolside Lesson

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Browsing through some older copies of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, I came across an essay of mine from a few years ago on a subject that many of us struggle with, namely, how to find a balance between your work and your life. Re-reading it brought back the vivid memories that had inspired ...

A Delightful Evening with Two Great Guys Who Happen to Be Terrific Writers

Writing a novel is, by definition, a lonely avocation. It's just you and your computer--or just you and that legal pad. Thus any opportunity to hang out with a fellow writer is a welcome opportunity--but sometimes it can be a truly delightful opportunity. And that's what I experienced last Monday ...

God or Huck Finn: Who Should Tell Your Story?

An online discussion among several of my fellow Poisoned Pen Press authors got me thinking about the one decision every fiction author must make before typing CHAPTER 1 at the top of the page. That decision? Who will tell your story? "Huh," a baffled reader may wonder, "doesn't the author tell ...

Meet Me in St. Louis: Toasted Ravioli, Hoosiers, and High School

If asked to name the key elements of their favorite novel, most readers would place at the top of their list vivid characters and an engaging plot. But when we think of our favorite novels, another vital element is the strong sense of place. Whether it's Huck Finn's Mississippi River ...