The Writer’s Dilemma: How Much Physical Description is Enough in the Characters We Create?

One of the imponderables of the fiction writing trade is just how much physical description is enough in order to fully flesh out a character’s identity. In years past many novels contained illustrations that purported to show images of the characters as conceived by the author. A prime example would be the work of Hablot Knight […]

Why I Write: A Novelist’s Reflection on the 70th Anniversary of George Orwell’s Pivotal Essay

People often ask, and I ask myself on a daily basis, why I have spent more than six decades writing novels, short stories, essays, poems, plays and occasional reportage, continuing to ply this obsession into the cusp of my dotage. My answer to others and especially to myself never seems quite adequate. Whether I take […]


The caller made it clear-$10 million or her daughter’s head. The power of unintended consequences sends the privileged life of prominent anti-war activist Sarah Raab crashing down around her. Fear and terror take hold and Sarah turns to former CIA operative Carl Helman, a man she has only just met and who stands against everything […]

My Experience of Balancing Family Life While Pursuing A Career in the Arts

As a committed writer of imaginative fiction for virtually my entire life, I have often wondered about the effect my obsessive conduct and allocation of time to pursue such an occupation has had on my relationships with family, friends and others who need and crave my attention. What is the ultimate effect of a writer’s […]

The Banality of Evil: My Encounters with Dictators and the Inspiration Behind the Villains in My Novels

Villains abound in my novels, especially those that deal with historical events where national power is the ultimate intoxicant. Most of the time my research into the past is deliberate and painstaking. A historian’s accuracy is necessary for creating reasonably believable historical characters. But there are times when a live, chance encounter falls into a […]

Review | The War of the Roses by Warren Adler

It always amazes me to see younger generations of readers discovering and identifying with the story of “The War of the Roses” – Check out this great book review by the outspoken Booktuber Paper Faerie and subscribe to her channel here: You can also learn more about the novel here: [iframe id=”” align=”center” […]

Why I Went Independent As An Author

I went into the e-book and Print on Demand mode in the nineties convinced that the new technology would radically change the future of book publishing, and would allow an author a chance to control his own destiny. By then I had published 27 novels with major traditional publishers; many had been translated and published […]