Discovering Sam DiFranco – Pt. 4 (the final)

This is the final installment in the conversation with one of our main characters, Sam DiFranco. In this conversation the narrator uncovers his views of the world and the qualities that make Sam a good soldier. N – So, control is important to you? S – Yes, extremely...

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Discovering Sam DiFranco – Pt. 3

In this continuation of the conversation with Sam DiFranco, the Narrator focuses on Sam’s specific issues, personality traits, and his personal philosophy: N – Who are you close to right now? S – Jimmy and Swede, that’s it. N – What about your parents? Your brothers?...

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Discovering Sam DiFranco – Pt. 2

The Narrator gets down to some serious discussion, trying to determine whether Sam has that “fatal flaw” that shows up in tragic heroes throughout literature. N – So, you are very competitive. Does that extend into other areas of your life besides poker? S- I guess...

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Discovering Sam DiFranco – Pt. 1

In order to know how my main character—Sam DiFranco—would act in a given situation, I had my Narrator (N) conduct an interview with Sam (S). This is the first installment of an extensive conversation: N – Jimmy said you were born to play poker. Do you agree with that...

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The Back Cover

To continue the story of the cover design, turn the book over and look at the back cover. You will see a wartime photo of my mom’s (Rebecca in Journey to Marseilles) favorite cousin, Martin (also named Martin in the story) with his wife, Annie (Liesl in the book),...

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The “Journey” Begins

After attending the La Jolla Writer’s Conference for several years from an editor’s point of view, I finally felt like I wanted to begin (again) the book I’d been trying to write for several years. I usually made a pretty good start for a couple of chapters, but then...

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The Cover Photo

When we began designing the cover of my novel, Journey to Marseilles, I thought that actual historical photos would be more effective than any kind of made-up artwork. In our family photo albums, which are painstakingly collected, organized, and maintained by my wife,...

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Choices, Choices, Choices

As the manuscript of Journey to Marseilles developed, my writing coach—Kristy Lin Billuni (http://www.sexygrammar.com/) and I had to make certain decisions about my writing style. There were times during the creative process when I felt a grammar rule needed to be...

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