My Darling Sharon

My Darling Sharon

This is going to be a little raw. I hope you’ll forgive me. In the summer of 2012, my wife was directing me in Richard III at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, flipping the script from twelve years earlier when I had directed her in the show. I was playing King...
Grief in a Time of Plague

Grief in a Time of Plague

“His Lyre is now Attuned only to Woe” The eyes, the face, the limbs of heavenly mold, So long the theme of my impassioned lay, Charms which so stole me from myself away, That strange to other men the course I hold; The crisped locks of pure and lucid gold, The...
Nellie Bly – The Research

Nellie Bly – The Research

For me, inspiration always comes from reading. Be it history, fiction, essays, or comics, I find my best ideas are sparked from gaps I discover in narratives. What was the cause of the famous Capulet-Montague feud? What was Shakespeare doing during his...
Why Nellie Bly?

Why Nellie Bly?

Late one April evening in 2016, sitting at my desk not writing, this article in The Atlantic caught my eye. The premise was that there were more female action stars 100 years ago than today. Most were in the mold of the Perils of Pauline, with an intrepid young woman...
New Books, New Covers, New Editions

New Books, New Covers, New Editions

I’ve been sitting on news about my next new novel for MONTHS – and still can’t talk about it, even though it comes out in just a few weeks. I have so much to say, I’ve already constructed a new section of my website devoted to it. I’m...