Like most novelists, I write the kind of books I enjoy reading – in my case, stories that make history come alive. I combine well-known historical people, fictional characters, an intense plot, and vivid sensory descriptions to insert readers into a different time and place and make them feel at home there. People display the same faults and virtues no matter what part of the earth and which century they inhabit. Their customs, lifestyles, clothing, and languages may be different from ours, but they act the same way we do, for better or worse. My hope is that my readers are as entertained by these similarities and diversities as I am.
My other goal in writing is to keep a story moving so quickly that it distracts readers from their everyday worries. The highest praise I ever received about one of my novels was a complaint that the person stayed up all night, unable to put the book down.
My favorite authors in the historical fiction genre are Martin Cruz Smith, Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, Robert Harris, Nelson DeMille, Stephen Hunter, and David Morrell. However, I also love crime fiction by T Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Greg Iles, and Dennis Lehane.
Over the last four years I have attended six book club meetings, three author events at libraries, and two other meetings where I was the featured speaker. Few activities are more gratifying for authors than to discuss their books. With the release of Missing Star last month, I am lining up more appearances at book clubs, book stores, and libraries. If you want to discuss my appearance at your venue, please contact me using the Contact page of this site. Messages on that page are confidential; they are simply routed to my email address.
I also encourage my readers to write book reviews for Amazon.com, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and other book markets. The process for Amazon is simple, though you have to be a member of the website. After signing in, click on the book you want to review and then click on “Create Your Own Review.” The process is easy. Reviews can be as short as 75 words. The more positive reviews an author gets, the better sales will be. You can also join a reading website called Goodreads.com and post reviews there or just rate books from 1 to 5 stars. Goodreads allows people to link up with friends and see what books they have read and whether they enjoyed them or not. I have rated 250 books on the Goodreads site.