The comparison game

Once upon a time, when Pretty Much True was Homefront and published under my own name, I was talking with the guys on GI Radio and was reminded of one of the awkward – and difficult, really – aspects of sitting at home while someone you love is deployed. In your mind, you’re comparing hardships. … Read more

Sure, we can kill off the people we don’t like. But it’s just as much fun to give everlasting life to those we like.

One day, when Ian and I still lived near Nashville, he needed a sudden favor  that involved my taking an impromptu trip to Fort Campbell, KY, about a 45-minute drive. I had an early copy of Pretty Much True I wanted to bring to the Clarksville cabstand dispatcher, known in the book as “Shellie.” (Her … Read more

The day my uncle met J.D. Salinger

My uncle *Harry, who lives about twenty minutes south of Cornish, NH, says a lot of famous people – oddly – come through the very small town he lives in. (I say “oddly” because it’s not really advertised with road signs, and after turning off Interstate 91, you’d have to be looking for his town … Read more

Books vs. eBooks

I understand the appeal of e-readers. Seriously. However, I have read only one full book using a Kindle (or Kindle app). That was because I wanted to read it NOW. When it comes to e-readers, I like the idea of the immediacy. And I can appreciate the volume of books they hold, the ease of … Read more