How they Help Us Explore the Disconnect Between A Man's Self-perceived Goodness and the Actual Consequences of His Actions. When internet porn was new, I had a boss who pressed a button so that photos of naked women and/or porn would flash on his large computer screen--which he swiveled my way--every time I walked in to his office. He once asked me to sew a button on his coat … [Read more...] about The Women of the Odyssey Have Something To Say About Modern Sexual-Harassment
Thanks to Angela Jordan and Michelle Hopf of Auburn University, I was invited to speak with teens participating in the university's week-long writing camp. Each student received a copy of Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii. I met with them for "Dinner and Conversation with the Author" It. Was. Awesome. The kids were all so bright, engaging, and motivated. Plus, they also got … [Read more...] about Writing with Teens and A Slice of Heaven in Roanoke
The wonderful thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things. The most aggravating thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things too late. I hate it when I find something new I could’ve used in my past books. For example, I recently learned that the Romans had a god of farts and BMs called (wait for it) CREPITUS! I would’ve … [Read more...] about Oh You Romans. From a God of Farts to Boiling Drinking Water, You Never Cease to Amaze!
I'd been--accidentally, I swear--the last person to deplane in Baton Rouge because I'd stayed to help a sweet old lady on crutches make it off the plane. (Hahahaha, NO. Actually, I'd been reading a book, waiting for the crush to disperse when I looked up and found the plane entirely empty and the stewardesses glaring at me). I shot out of my seat and and ran but no amount of … [Read more...] about The Day I Laughed With Cokie Roberts
Imagine six different historical fiction writers getting together and deciding to "play" with story-telling. What if we all focused on a single famous event? What if characters from each others' stories wove in and out of everyone's tales? What if we each took a period before, during and after an explosive event, but kept them connected to the very end? What if we inspired each … [Read more...] about Six Authors…One Amazing Book