November 19, 2019

After many months of research and drafts, it’s finally time for the final editing of my fifth novel in the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller series, Betrayal High!

Editing is a truly incredible experience. I always find it fulfilling to see a rough first draft turn into a much improved final product. If you’re an author, pull out your first draft of any of your novels. Read a chapter or two. Then, read the same chapter(s) of your cu...

November 12, 2019

The writers of Spotlight and Orange Is the New Black aren’t the only ones who pull their stories from real-world events.

Many novelists tap into headline news with real crime drama and shocking revelations. Many of these stories are disturbing, based on murders, child abuse, immigration deportation, gun violence, kidnappings, and affairs. These novels are often layered with an author’s own experiences and a fresh...

November 6, 2019

What is a faction novel?

Books in the faction genre are a type of historical novel rooted in fact, woven together with fictitious elements and using storyline techniques of fiction.

Faction novels, like the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series, are often ripped from the headlines. Their purpose is to ultimately give the reader a deeper understanding of the times and those involved, as well as a aspects of the events outside of th...

August 13, 2019

Father Dennis Riter of the Buffalo, New York Diocese is among many priests named as abuses over the last several years. So, how did he get reinstated with three allegations of sexual abuse and a failed polygraph?

Such cases and cover-ups by the Church have existed for decades. In fact, I faced significant roadblocks in the early 1980s in my pursuit of justice for clergy abused victims due to a conspiracy of silence within the C...

June 28, 2019

Hate groups have been using social media to find like-minded people for many years. Sites like Facebook put them all in the same place, making it much easier to share views and indoctrinate others. The man who murdered a woman at the Unite the Right rally posted approvingly of Nazism on a now-deleted Facebook page. The man found guilty of killing black churchgoers in South Carolina had spent countless hours on a racist website...

June 19, 2019

Monthly, if not weekly, we read about a devastating mass shooting or another form of hate crime. The latest incident occurred in D.C. in connection to an anti-gay beating over the weekend. Earlier in the month, an Ames, Iowa man pled guilty to hate crime charges after he burned a pride banner hanging outside a church. In May, a Detroit man was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent...

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