I taught writing and American literature at the University of South Carolina for 20 years after my first novel, Striking Out, was published and nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Now retired, I continue to write fiction and I review books for The New York Journal of Books. I've published three other novels: Atlanta Blues, A Majority of One, And Tell Tchaikovsky the News. My latest book is a collection of stories and poems titled Six of One, Half Dozen of Another. Always ready to talk writing, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Trying to write good and true sentences motivates me.
2) Some things just are.
Thomas Hardy is my all-time favorite novelist, I think. William Somerset Maugham is a long-time favorite short-story writer. I also like Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Phillip Roth, Carson McCullers, Proust, Tennessee Williams, Margaret Mitchell, Dickens, Eudora Welty, Tim O'Brien. That fellow Shakespeare wasn't bad, either.
Best novel I ever read was Flaubert's Madam Bovary, and I like all of Hardy's better-known novels, especially Far From the Madding Crowd. A more modern choice is Roth's American Pastoral. Another is O'Brien's The Things They Carried.
cheers for the comment on humpty dumpty!
Downloaded Majority of One today 12-8 @7:15pm (didn't want you to think I forgot you. Looking forward to the read. :-)
Attn: Fellow writers. Don't make the mistake I did in publishing two books close together. A Majority of One (the prologue of which appears here, on Fictionaut) is getting all the attention. The other, Six of One, Half Dozen of Another (Stories & Poems), is getting none. Never again!
Larry! Good to hear from you. Good to hear that you have a book close to publication. Be sure to keep me advised. I want to see it. Smashwords adapts for all E-readers. The tricky part is converting the ms. for Smashwords. The do-it-yourself route is tedious beyond words, so I hire it done for $25. Email me at email@example.com and I'll send you the details.
I noticed you have a book out. Having a Kindle I will be sure to read AMoO.
I was shooting to publish a pulp effort of mine on Kindle but I may go with smashwords now that you alerted me to them. Thanks for that.
Thanks for reading Back in an Hour. I'll check out the new e-mag. Thank you for letting me know.
Thanks for the suggestion, Bob.
Thanks for catching the right arm resting on the door error. Fixed it.
Thanks for the review Bob! I appreciate the time you took to comment and read.
Boys Catholic was a Marist Brothers school. The parish I grew up in was Jesuit: Sacred Heart. I can't decide which was toughest.
My old church, a wonder of Gothic architecture, was long ago deconsecrated (is that the word?). Sign of the times, I guess.
Re teaching, I love it at the college level. Hated it at the public high school level. Two entirely different worlds.
Thank you for reading Garden Light. Much appreciated. I hope to teach, too, after I complete my MFA.
I think the monks of Belmont Abbey founded the high school you attended or at least taught there at some point.
And I yours, Mykell. One might say that one Original Sin leads to another.
Bob, thanks for reading Unoriginal Sin. I'm looking forward to reading more of your good writing.
Kari, Jerry, Mykell, the pleasure was mine. I love good writing.
Bob, thank you for your comments on Star Anise. I appreciate the read very much!!
Hi Bob, thank you so much for taking the time to read Miss. So glad you liked it.
Thank you, Bob! And welcome!