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ARE WE THERE YET?

Whether I’m writing a nonfiction account of the expat experience, or the next volume of the San Miguel mystery series, place is always an...

REASONS TO LEAVE HOME

Every choice in favor of something is also a choice against something else. Is it this one or is it that one? To choose México as your...

HE SAYS, SHE SAYS: Dialog in Fiction

In reading the work of Ian McEwan, specifically Atonement and Saturday, both powerful books, I was struck by his sparse use of dialog....

FINISHING A BOOK

Many authors find that starting a book is the hardest part. That crucial first sentence, that opening grabber to the initial paragraph,...