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Q & A with John Pearce, Author of “Last Stop: Paris”

John Pearce discusses the challenges and joys of writing fiction; his latest thriller, “Last Stop: Paris,” and the charms of being a part-time Parisian…

Continue Reading January 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

A Interview with Dorothy James, author of the Vienna Mystery series

“I did want to entertain, I wanted even to be funny, to make people laugh, but I could not altogether break free of a lifetime of trying to convey serious ideas…I hope my mysteries are fun to read, but they are also in their way serious inquiries into certain aspects of living and dying…”

Continue Reading November 8, 2015 at 4:34 am Leave a comment

An Interview with M. L. Longworth, Author of the Verlaque/Bonnet Mystery Series

“We were determined to have adventures, and to give our daughter, who was four at the time, a bilingual education…It does take courage, and now when I look back on it, I ask myself, “How did we do that?”

Continue Reading September 8, 2015 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

An Interview with Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston series

“One of the themes that runs through my books is the idea that you can never escape history, either your own personal history or the broader history of the place where you live. So, in The Bookseller I have a little of both. And the truth is, even today the shadow of World War II hangs over much of Europe…”

Continue Reading August 24, 2015 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

An Interview with Cara Black, Author of Murder on the Champ de Mars

“Aimée Leduc was born from my love affair with Paris and my desire to be a Parisienne. I think a lot of us have an inner French girl struggling to get out. I…needed a woman who would be strong, feisty, vulnerable, good with computers, fashionable, and who would solve crimes wearing high heels…”

Continue Reading August 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Book Review: David Downie’s “A Passion for Paris: Romanticism & Romance in the City of Light”

…I found myself instantly drawn in and not only interested, but mesmerized, by Paris of the Romantic Age as he has brought it to life….

Continue Reading April 16, 2015 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

A Conversation with David Downie, author of A Passion for Paris

“My early relationship with Paris was pugilistic. Then I became enchanted…I’ve been here about 30 years, and I have always tried to understand the spell Paris casts on people from all over the world…Why Paris? Why not Rome, or Amsterdam, or New York, or Tokyo, or San Francisco?”

Continue Reading April 7, 2015 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Remembering My Friend James A. Emanuel

A poetic masterpiece is what opened the door to my friendship with James Emanuel…

Continue Reading November 14, 2013 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

rules of spontaneous prose (by jack kerouac)

Jack Kerouac’s brilliant, heartfelt advice about writing. Typically, silliness mixed in with profound wisdom. What a great mind and a loving heart the man had!

Continue Reading February 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Is My Book Idea Worth Pursuing?

I am often asked by hesitant, would-be authors if I would take a look at their manuscripts and then tell them whether I think their idea for a book is “worth pursuing.” I always look at the work before answering the question. But, to be honest, I have never yet answered that question with a “no.” And it’s hard for me to imagine the circumstances in which I ever would. Here’s why…

Continue Reading November 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm 3 comments

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