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5 Steps to Making Minor Historical Figures Exciting

(This is the first of two parts. The second focuses on fiction – Five Steps to Making Your Minor Characters Exciting) Everybody has a story to tell, but some stories … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

Mary Dyer Interview

A fun father-son project. My son — a member of the target audience — interviews me about my book Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom. A blatant promotion, but we had … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mary Dyer & the Celebration of International Religious Freedom Day

Today is International Religious Freedom Day — and the reason it’s today is because on this date in 1659, three Quakers were scheduled to  hang. Their crime? Being a Quaker … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Banned Books and Other Ways to Eliminate Free Speech

As Banned Book Week draws to a close, I’ve reflecting on all the other ways we attempt to limit free speech. We’ve seen banned movies, banned art, blacklists, cancellations, and … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why I Wrote Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom

“My life not availeth me in comparison to the liberty of the truth.” “Why did you write about Mary Dyer?” is a question I often get. It usually comes right … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

What Makes Non-Fiction Read Like Fiction?

Turning facts and figures into a compelling story. It’s been said that the best non-fiction reads like a fast-paced thriller. And it should read like solid fiction with one exception … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Trip to Mary Dyer’s Stomping Grounds

The Anne Hutchinson/Mary Dyer Memorial Herb Garden at Founders’ Brook Park in Portsmouth, R. I. It’s a small, quiet park, befitting Mary Dyer’s humble nature. It was a happy accident … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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