Pen & Globe

My Maserati does 185!

Nope, not really…not yet, anyway. But I did grab your attention (with a nod to Joe Walsh). Now that I’ve got it, let’s have a motivational talk. Seems the older I get, the harder it gets to keep motivated. Part of it, I know (even if I hate to accept it), is I’m getting older: […]

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And Action!

Like a Hollywood agent sending an aspiring actor out on his first cattle call, I just entered my novel “A Simple Game” in a contest designed to uncover the next blockbuster movie or TV show. The 3rd annual Book Pipeline Competition aims to “deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry – with the specific intent […]

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Location, Location, Location

Place: Ephesus, Turkey | Drink: Local pomegranate wine | So, how do you decide where to set your novel?  A great question I’ve been getting since finishing my first book, A Simple Game.  For me, I followed that old adage, “Write about what you know,” or, in this case, where you’ve been. All told, the action […]

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Book Clubbing

Place: Istanbul | Drink: sangria | So, I not only survived but actually thrived on my first book club experience as guest author.  A highly valuable encounter for a writer, I think, and credit goes to those who hosted, organized, and promoted last week’s event – big thanks, respectively, to Laura, Debbie, and Miriam!  And, […]

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The Great Idea Machine

Place: Gaziantep, Turkey | Drink: salep | So, how did you come up with the idea for your first novel, A Simple Game?  A great question, which I get a lot these days, especially now that the dang thing is finally done. Sitting in a café in Gaziantep, just 40 miles north of the Syrian border, […]

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License to Read

Place: Adana Şakirpaşa Airport | Drink: Turkish coffee | Sitting in the Adana Şakirpaşa Airport (pronounced “Shocker Pasha,” yet far less glamorous than it sounds) I’m feeling a little like a rock star on tour – minus the groupies, cash, and hair, of course.  I’m wrapping up a whirlwind work stint that had me in Copenhagen […]

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Like a Virgin

Place: Istanbul Drink: 2014 Neethlingshof Estate Owl Post Pinotage With A Simple Game, I realize not only do I join the ranks of published authors I also inevitably join the ranks of first-time authors. This got me wondering, while sipping an amazing pinotage recently purchased in Cape Town and watching snowflakes fall over the Bosporus: […]

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Kirk Wolcott’s First Novel

  • Politics, terrorism, and sports collide in this riveting debut novel by American diplomat and former sportswriter Kirk Wolcott, prompting a crucial question for our time: How far is too far when trying to change the world?

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