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One Way to Land an Interview

My interview on The Historians Every once in awhile something falls into your lap, but if you don’t act on it, it will slip through your legs like a bad-hop … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a 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