The U.S. election is drawing more attention and scrutiny than any U.S. election in history. It’s like a badly written pulp novel that appeals to those who need instant gratification and entertainment but don’t want to think, and then goes on to sell 50 million copies. I find myself tuning in and just as quickly… Read more

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Historical Writers of America

Next month I will take part, and present, at the inaugural conference of the Historical Writers of America. This is a new organization that represents writers who like to dabble in history, and that includes authors of both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as screen writers, journalists, bloggers, what have you. The conference is… Read more

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Where in the world do writers get all their ideas? Well that’s just it. The world. And beyond. Sometimes dreams play a part. Stephen King got the idea for Misery after he fell asleep on an airplane. He dreamt about a woman who held this author prisoner. She killed him, skinned him, fed his remains… Read more

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As a writer I like to poke the bear and in my case it’s the historical bear. For example, Americans think of baseball as their game and there is no bigger name in the sport than Babe Ruth. Ruth hitting his first pro home run in Canada may rub some the wrong way. But Ruth… Read more

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I never knew either of my grandfathers. All I have are names, documents and a few photos. Because of that I envy people who know theirs. And maybe because of that I tend to write about grandfathers in my fiction. My paternal grandfather was Joseph Amernick. That’s right. With a ‘k’ at the end. He came to Canada… Read more

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Dealing with Rejection

The first writing job I ever applied for was for a small suburban paper. The owner, editor and publisher were all the same person. I showed him some samples and he told me I couldn’t write and would never make a living as a writer. But he needed someone to sell ads and offered me that job. I… Read more

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I’m a member of International Thriller Writers which is a group of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as thrillers. At last summer’s Thrillerfest Conference in New York City I had a chat with Nelson DeMille and was astonished to learn that he writes his books in longhand. But hey, it… Read more

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I will be a guest on the show Daytime Toronto with host Val Cole on Rogers Cable TV on Wednesday, March 2 to discuss my books, especially the novel The Last Witness, and the situation with young people not knowing history. Daytime Toronto airs at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and midnight… Read more

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