Creating the “Soundtrack” of a Novel

As a writer I’m often asked how I chose my novel’s setting or how I came up with the story line. Last fall, for the first and only time, I was asked how I chose the musical pieces in my book. It’s a great question. Naturally, the person who asked is...

Just musing on our short American memory . . .

When you spend years researching and writing about a topic, your sensitivities about it become heightened. You notice every time it comes up in the news or in conversation. After a while you also catch on if other people seem to know nothing about it. That’s the...

New Writing, the Old Way

My novel, The Songs We Hide, has now been “out in public” for almost seven months. I worked long and hard to get to this point, and certainly I’m glad to be here. What I hadn’t counted on, though, is how much of my time would be consumed in...

A Review in Hungarian

When The Songs We Hide was published about two months ago, two Hungarian-American publications ran a review of it. Below is the review that appeared in Nyugati-Hirlevel, which means “Western Newsletter.” This newsletter goes out to Hungarians living the...
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