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Aug.30.2010
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An Italian journalist asked my thoughts on all the attention being given to Jonathan Franzen, since Franzen's status is being considered in light of Dickens and I've given some thought to Dickens. The comparison, or any comparison of that type, seems pretty dull to me and to have little to do with...
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Nov.22.2009
James meet James
Writing historical fiction makes some things easier and some harder. Because some of your characters are likely historical, it saves you the trouble of thinking of names. But sometimes you get stuck with the challenge of repetition. You would never intentionally name two or three characters Frank,...
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Nov.10.2009
Here is my latest guest post, at the blog Steele on Entertainment, a bit on the stranger side of writing. Amy Steele is also a member and commenter on this page. While you're there, please check around her blog and bookmark it. Thanks Amy! http://www.steeleonentertainment.com/2009/11/guest-post-...
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Nov.10.2009
Here's a new guest post on the blog for Porter Square Books, a great indie bookstore in my area. http://portersquarebooksblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/why-i-never-read.html
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Oct.29.2009
A lock of Poe's hair!
I have a new post on Huffington Post about the top five myths about Edgar Allan Poe. Please check it out, and please post a comment if you have any on Huffington Post's page since this is my first post there.
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Oct.29.2009
Chicago around the time Dickens decided not to visit
In my latest guest blog post, I give some details to the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row blog about the secret shame of the Dickens family buried in Chicago.
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Oct.29.2009
Where I wrote "The Last Dickens"... just the top floor though!
In another guest post, I talk about creating my writing space. With photos! Thanks to the hosting blog, Savvy Verse & Wit--poke around Serena's blog while you're there.
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Oct.29.2009
Here's an editor--but not mine. This is James Ripley Osgood, Dickens's American publisher and hero of The Last Dickens.
I'm often asked what it's like working with an editor at a publishing house. So here are my thoughts in a guest post at the blog Beth Fish Reads. As with all my guest posts, thanks to the hosting blog, please check it out while you're there, and if you like what you see, bookmark it!
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Oct.29.2009
The latest guest post for the publication of The Last Dickens is about the use of animals in storytelling. Check it out, and check out Musings of a Bookish Kitty while you're there!
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Oct.13.2009
It kicks off the subject of my third novel. But I avoided Charles Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood for a long time. So many Dickens novels, so little time, and few people volunteer it as the Dickens “you have to read.” Since Dickens died in the middle of writing it, it falls into the category...
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Oct.13.2009
Investigator Neilson Poe's letter about Poe's death.
Another guest post! Two posts about the real first investigators of Edgar Allan Poe's mysterious death, which inspired The Poe Shadow. Thanks to Rob Velella's Edgar A. Poe Calendar Blog--and while you're there check out more of the excellent posts on Rob's blog. Part I Part II
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Oct.09.2009
Here is another guest post I've written, this one about the secret world of 19th century publishing and literary pirates as portrayed in The Last Dickens. The post is at ReadingGroupGuides.com, an "online community for reading groups". Take a look around their site if you go to read my...
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Oct.06.2009
a tradition worth questioning?
(While my detective character Duponte expresses his opinions on the matter in The Poe Shadow, I've actually never shared my own opinions on Poe's drinking in writing, so here we go.) This is a question more difficult than many people imagine. To address it, you must throw out caricatures of Poe...
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Sep.30.2009
Another guest post! Here I talk about Charles Dickens's serialized writing and why that remains an exciting topic. Please get to know "Book Chatter and other stuff" while your'e there. Also, note that if you comment on the post as Ti instructs and you'll be entered to win a copy of the...
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Sep.30.2009
Since we're nearing the release of the paperback for The Last Dickens in the U.S., I'll have some guest posts around the web on various blogs who were kind enough to invite me to intrude. I hope this also gives you the opportunity to discover book-related blogs you might not have known about yet...
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