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One Year Later

Washington, D.C. – Nov. 8, 2017 IT HAPPENED ONE YEAR AGO. I was here in Washington, D.C., when I found out. This was the epicenter of the earthquake, the unexpected tremor that sent me reeling. I remember the shouting and … Continue reading

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A Peek Into “Mercy”

HERE’S HOW THE WRITING PROCESS GOES FOR ME: Come up with a vague idea in the middle of the night. Spend three years taking that vague idea and making it something real that someone would want to read (and do … Continue reading

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The Country We Deserve

I ONCE WROTE ABOUT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT WHO BLEW HIS HEAD OFF IN FRONT OF HIS CLASSMATES. I wrote about 9/11 and Columbine, about Virginia Tech, Aurora and Portland. About Sandy Hook and Charlie Hebdo. About Orlando and Dallas, … Continue reading

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Trump Can’t Hate — What He Does Instead Is Worse

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RESIGNED LAST WEEK. That’s not a Pollyanna dream. It’s not the blind hope of a defeated electorate. It’s the truth. President Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, abdicated his leather throne when, faced with … Continue reading

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Zaria’s Gate Now Available on Amazon

Zaria’s Gate was originally titled “Reaper” and began with a sentence that popped into my head one night: “Death wore a hoodie.” I don’t know exactly why that happened, but I loved it and wanted to write a story with … Continue reading

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The Cannes Before the Storm

THE DAY BEFORE THE CANNES FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY BEGINS IN EARNEST is a ballet of well-managed chaos. Some venues are still being built and painted, agencies furiously slap up posters promoting their events, and the infamous Gutter Bar — the … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Isn’t (Really) About Fathers

FOR YEARS ON FATHER’S DAY I WOULD REPUBLISH AN OLD POST I WROTE ABOUT MY DAD. I liked it, which was a valid reason to be sure — but the real reason was I was just lazy, and re-posting old … Continue reading

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