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A reader (who defined herself as ‘a young 83’) wrote to me last week to let me she was enjoying The Great American Desert, and when I asked her what it was about it that she enjoyed she replied as follows: Mostly I love the book because it is  ‘clean’. Call me old fashioned but […]

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Well, my plan to divert the advert bot seems to have failed.  Either I need to write about Albania for several days running, which would be difficult since I’ve never been there, or else there just aren’t very many websites touting Albanian products or vacations.  As I intimated the other day, I’ll be happy to […]

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Advance readers continue to report back.  The latest one has warmed the cockles of my heart by telling me that I have done a good job of capturing Midwestern speech patterns. Getting characters to sound like real people can be a struggle, especially when you’re dealing with dialects.  Do you change the spellings of words […]

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Advance readers have begun reporting back, and if there is a consensus about the book, it is that I have managed to create a sense of place.  A reader from central California says the writing reminds her of Steinbeck’s descriptions of the Salinas Valley.  Another, who grew up outside of St. Louis, is reminded of […]

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