The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age, the sequel to my first novel, Blood Brothers, is finished!
I’m pitching it (and the entire four-novel series) to agents right now. You can sample it by going to The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age. I’m also publishing a proof copy to send to reviewers. Readers who want to enjoy the novel prior to publication will be able to order an inexpensive proof copy from Amazon in a few weeks. I’ll announce on Facebook when the books are available.
I’m a third of the way into my next novel, Doppelganger, a spy novel set in World War II France. You can also sample pages from the draft of that novel at Doppelganger.
WHAT I WRITE ABOUT: What I love
When people learn I’m a writer, they usually ask, “What kind of books do you write?” Since I’ve published a book on ethical selling, a historical novel, and now a biography, it’s a hard question to answer in a single sentence. But the simple answer is that I write the books I have to write: something about the story grabs me and won’t let go until I finish the book. I talk about the genesis of that love affair with books and language in About Me.
WHY I WRITE: Because I have to
While the subject matter and styles of these books differ greatly, they reflect the same concerns that have occupied me since I started working as an English teacher in the 1960s: how, in a complex world of tough choices and conflicting personal needs, can people ground themselves in a steady center that frees them to act with integrity, strength, laughter, and love.
As a teacher, I was drawn to books like Huckleberry Finn, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Catch-22, Black Boy, The Great Gatsby and Shakespeare’s plays, as a way to explore that question with my students. What they taught me, early on, was that I couldn’t help others become more centered without becoming more grounded myself.
The same question was the foundation for my 35-year career as a consultant in organizational change for multinational corporations and a facilitator of workshops in communication, selling, negotiating, and “whole brain” thinking. For the most part, I deeply enjoyed the relationships that evolved with clients and workshop participants. I still do. I also learned that most large organizations manage to waste the potential of their employees and crush the human spirit by their institutionalized lack of those same qualities of integrity, strength, laughter, and love.
Sometimes I feel like Wallace Stevens’ “Man on the Dump”:
One sits and beats an old tin can, lard pail.
One beats and beats for that which one believes.
That’s what one wants to get near.
I write, now that I’m retired from consulting, because it’s how I continue my lifelong inquiry into experiencing and sharing – in spite of all the obstacles – what it means to be whole, strong, happy and loving.