Pen & Globe

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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Book on Nook!

Place: Istanbul | Drink: Café Organico Indonesie coffee with milk | For all of you out there with a Nook, you’re in luck: I’ve just made my first novel A Simple Game available on Barnes & Noble.  Let’s see how it does here against the rest of you Kindle readers (I saw somewhere how sales on […]

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Going, going, gone!

Place: Black Sea, Kilyos, Turkey | Drink: 2013 Kavaklidere Dry Rosé | Big thanks to all of you who took part in the Goodreads Giveaway in hopes of winning a free, autographed copy of my first novel, A Simple Game.  And congratulations to the six of you who won!  Signed editions are headed your way […]

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Got Game?

Place: Doha, Qatar | Drink: fresh mint & lemon drink | Get it here, for free!  For the rest of the month of March, you can win one of six signed copies of my first novel, A Simple Game.  If you’re already a member of Goodreads, it’s easy to do.  Just look right, scroll down to […]

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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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Welcome to Pen & Globe!

Place: Istanbul Drink: Caribou Blend Medium Roast Americano coffee with milk If you’re here, you’re either about to buy my first novel (look right for gratuitous product plug) or wondering what this “Pen & Globe” is all about. If the former, thank you! If the latter, great question. “Pen & Globe” is my new blog, […]

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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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