LIBERATED FROM FACT

WRITING FOR NO GOOD REASON

dropcap_My entire adult life, I have wanted to write challenging, smart fiction. Two attempts in my 20s went nowhere. Entering my 40s, I assumed that writing that ‘great American novel’ would be an unfulfilled lifetime ambition. I had great plot concepts (still do), but writing a novel is a huge undertaking—family and work crowded it out. Then, for no good reason, I started writing in the middle of the night, a half chapter per sitting. It worked.

In 2011, my first novel, A Thinking’s Man Bully, rolled off the presses and took the American literary fiction reading public (all 36 of us) by storm. This book could not have happened without considerable help from several very literate friends and family.

Six months later, I published my third book, The Razing of Tinton Falls, featuring ten first person narratives in voices of real people who each played a different role in the raid and destruction of the village during the American Revolution.

Much as I enjoyed A Thinking Man’s Bully and The Razing of Tinton Falls, both books are collections of narratives more than true novels. I wanted write a true chronological novel built around a man and woman, but also satire a serious topic, such as lingering sexism in our modern stories. The result is Saving the Hooker, which I wrote in half the time as my other books, suggesting that I’m either becoming a better writer or lowering my standards— hopefully the former. The positive initial reviews of Hooker leave me cautiously optimistic in this regard.


Since 2010, I’ve completed more than fifty reviews for The New York Journal of Books, an intrepid enterprise dedicated to providing long-form book reviews for the widest range of titles. I am proud to be on their panel. Read my reviews.