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Can You Learn More From Fiction Than Nonfiction?

Learning a little something from everything you read. I’ve said it a hundred times if I’ve said it once: “Write what you know, read what you don’t.” Writing what you … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Why I Wrote Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer

The importance of making your own hero relevant to a new audience. When you write biographies, you get used to the question, “So, why did you write about so-and-so?” For … Continue reading

July 23, 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

Schenectady Today Interview: Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent

Host Ann Parillo interviews me about my book Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent. Fun time. (By the way, they shoot the show Tuesday mornings at Proctors Theater. My book … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Making a Book Safe for Children When the Subject Matter Isn’t

Making a sordid adult tale safe for young readers. You should have seen the looks on my friends’ faces when I told them I’d been hired to write a children’s … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 1 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

The Cover of Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent

Here is the final cover for Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent, a middle-grade biography about the legendary actress and singer. This is a colorized version of a black-and-white publicity … Continue reading

October 24, 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