This One’s for the Writers!

This One’s for the Writers!

The Pickup and the U-Haul You’ve written “The End.”  Bravo.  Celebrate! Buy champagne, dance in the streets! But inevitably after that glorious moment, you drag yourself to your desk, open a new folder called Version 2, or Revision, or New Draft. Whatever.  You’re...
Panache

Panache

Panache appears often in The Great Pretenders, not simply as an effervescent gift given to a fortunate few people, but as a cologne the characters actually wear. In fact, an early working title for the novel was “A Touch of Panache.” This fictitious cologne has a...
Dedications

Dedications

I always read the dedications of books. I always wonder about what that person meant to the author. Some are transparent. “To my father…..” “To my son….” Others less so. My favorite dedication of all time is from 1931, “The Archie and Mehitabel Poems” by...
Hollywood Memoirs

Hollywood Memoirs

Juicy, sometimes salacious, full of glamorous details or outrageous incidents, the memoir–with its whispered invitation, “This is true!”–far more than the novel, is the literary genre ideally suited to Hollywood. Many people affected by the blacklist wrote memoirs....