Why Write a Novel

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” —Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird. What motivates someone to write novel-length fiction? It’s a solitary activity, and not for the faint-hearted. It means hundreds of hours tapping…Read More

Mad March Weather

“Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s early March. Daylight hours are stretching, and some daring primroses have opened yellow rosettes in more sheltered spots of my garden. Northern Switzerland experiences four defined seasons that are typified by long, cold winters and humid summers that can…Read More

Food in Fantasy Fiction

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” — Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin February has brought a cold snap to Switzerland, and my winter stomach has been craving meals that are hearty and comforting. Food is like that: it’s an essential part of life, and it provides more than mere nourishment. Food…Read More

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