Archive for July, 2008

Chapter 4, of A Trial of One

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Hello Everyone

Be sure to come back tomorrow, Friday August 1, when I’ll post Chapter 4, of A Trial of One

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

THE WRITER’S VOICE by Mary E. Martin

Sometimes critics speak of a writer’s voice. But what do they mean?  I think of it as a goal to be achieved on a very long road. It’s that uniquely personal “way” you have of expressing yourself to the world in word and thought-the sum total of yourself as a human being. You might say it’s the Holy Grail of writing.

But how and when do you find your voice? (more…)

A Trial of One, Chapter 3

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

If you’ve read Chapters 1 and 2, you’ve already met some of the major characters, Harry, his client Norma Dinnick and the sinister Dr. Robert Hawke. Now you’ll meet Harry’s secretary [and thorn in his side] Miss Giveny and his father Stanley. And, you’ll meet the love of Harry’s life, Natasha. (more…)

Chapter 1 of the award winning novel, A Trial of One

Friday, July 18th, 2008

a-trial-of-one.jpgI’d like to introduce you to Norma Dinnick, an elderly client of Harry Jenkins, protagonist of The Osgoode Trilogy. Is she a sweet, vulnerable old lady in need of his protection or a criminal fraud? A Trial of One is the winner of the Literary Novel Award at Reader Views and one of six finalists in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award to be announced at Book Expo America.

I’m going to post a number of chapters from A Trial of One, just to give you a taste of what it’s like. If you enjoy it, and I think you will, you can purchase it at just about any online bookstore.


Officially, Harry Jenkins’ elderly client, Norma Dinnick, had committed no crime. While she embroidered tales of murderous revenge in a singsong voice, her doctors rubbed their jaws to hide their smirks. Such a sweetly smiling woman could not have committed the cruel and devious acts she so vividly described. Their diagnosis was psychotic dementia with a touch of Alzheimer’s thrown in. Court documents, stamped with a gold seal, declared her mentally incompetent. After all, psychiatrists were not so easily fooled.Once appointed as her legal guardian, Harry found her accommodations in the most luxurious mental hospital possible. Their deal was unspoken—a nice, permanent home with refined residents, not a jail. For him, Norma remained a fascinating conundrum, and after all, lawyers only wanted to know so much. (more…)

A Trial of One, Chapter 3, is coming

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Hi everyone.

Sorry it’s been so long! I’m afraid I’ve been diverted over the last several months by a wedding in the family, a trip to Ireland [more of that later] and the completion of a first draft of a fourth novel. Much work left to go, however!

But now that the trilogy is complete, my protagonist, lawyer Harry Jenkins and I are having an amicable trial separation. Alexander Wainwright—a famous British landscape artist—is the “hero” of the new novel. It’s a different man in a different world, because I really wanted to try something new. Anyway, I expect to get back here now on a regular basis. (more…)