Squeezing through the pigeonhole
I’ve got to share with you a short Amazon review I got for The First Face of Janus. It was written by a guy named Robert, and this is what he wrote: “Such an intriguing book. I couldn’t put it down. Mystery, murder, and secret societies. I can’t believe THIS book was written by a radio talk show host.” A radio talk show host. That’s my pigeonhole. What’s yours? It doesn’t matter if you’re a secretary, a doctor, a construction worker, or a priest. If writing is your passion,
How long did it take you to write The God Players?
I started writing The God Players back in the '90s. It was the first book I'd ever finished. I think I completed it sometime in 1996 or '97. I was really excited about the concept and had several people read it to give me feedback. I took that feedback to heart and re-wrote portions of the book based on what I heard. We were living in Philadelphia at the time, and I sent the manuscript out to various literary agents and publishing houses. I have a stack of rejection letters t
Is Nostradamus real?
Obviously Nostradamus the man is real. He lived in France in the 16th century and wrote prolifically for about 20 years. His prophecies have been in near continuous publication since then. So, we know Nostradamus is real. But is he for real? Obviously, The First Face of Janus is a work of fiction. Nostradamus and his prophecies are used as a vehicle for an intriguing premise, that Nostradamus’ predictions continue to come to fruition through the aid of a secret society. I hav
Research is the key
Although I’ve had a fascination with Nostradamus for a long time, I don’t profess to be an expert. When embarking on a complicated plot like The First Face of Janus it’s essential that you do your research. I read all of Nostradamus’ quatrains. I even interpreted a few as they’d never been interpreted before. Take special note of when Benson Crow and Sidney Rosenfeld are talking in The Dubliner restaurant in Washington, DC. But it wasn’t just researching Nostradamus. It was s
Origins of a thriller
November 1, 2014, I found myself in a freak snowstorm on my way from Nashville, TN to Raleigh, NC. I was stuck inside a tunnel in North Carolina for over six hours. After giving up hope that traffic would be moving anytime soon, I started looking around my car for ways to entertain myself. I pulled out my computer and began searching for any saved movies or television shows. I found one. It was a documentary on Nostradamus. I began watching and after a few minutes an idea hit