Archive for March, 2008

Nineteen Seventeen

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

My father told this story about his own father. Naturally, it improved with the telling over the years. We so often forget what life was like when such sacrifices were demanded.

We buried Uncle Henry at the little cemetery at Roslin. My father, dressed in his black suit, starched collar and bowler hat, made a stark figure against the brilliant June sky. I looked up at the family gravestone, tall as a church spire. Father stared down at the open grave. Cows grazed in the field beyond the fence, the wind sang through the grasses and flocks of birds swarmed up against the sky. They lowered the coffin into the ground. (more…)

Courting the Muse

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

WHAT IS A MUSE?

I have dedicated all three books in The Osgoode Trilogy [Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One to my muse. And frequently, I’ve been asked who my muse is. The usual answer is “Robert Gray”, the gentleman with whom I practiced law for twelve years before his death. Because the trilogy is in the legal thriller genre with a lawyer, Harry Jenkins, as the protagonist, that answer seems to suit. (more…)

What Do You Look for in a Novel?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

If you’re like me in a bookstore or online, you’re attracted by a book’s cover. I know, we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I can’t help it. Once you’ve picked it up, what do you hope to find when you turn the pages?

Are you looking for a simple diversion to while away an hour or so, on the bus? Nothing wrong with blotting out the traffic jams! You’ll find plenty of diversion on most any bookstore shelf. Or are you looking for something to get your teeth into-hoping the writer has created an enchanting world just for you of fascinating plots, and characters who jump from the page into your head, and scenes which make you really experience “being there”? (more…)