Archive for the ‘law and fiction’ Category

Among the many invocations piled upon the aspiring writer, “write what you know” is usually close to the top. Like most of them, this one can be overly interpreted to the absurd (in either direction); but in the main, I think it’s pretty good advice for Big Issues. I know a lot about the law and […]


It looks like this Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season is going to be Full Irish. This political suspense novel marks the return of Paul and Shannon Forté, several years after they had moved to Carmel following Paul’s acquittal on corruption charges. It also introduces Finola McGee, the brassy political editor of the Irish Telegraph, Dublin’s second biggest […]


A few weeks have passed since Susanne and I announced our collaboration, and I wish to report that the process so far has been superb. Through a series of emails and Skype conversations, we have tweaked and embellished the plot and put up >10,000 words. At this rate, we’d be done with a draft by […]


Well, the Rice Petition has lost a lot of its steam as author after author continues to sign it with no apparent understanding of exactly what it proposes (based upon their own comments), but in the meantime, there has been a lot of discussion, and agreement, that Amazon’s review guidelines could use a few tweaks […]


In the past week, there has been a great deal of exposure of a petition to Amazon seeking to remove anonymity from all Amazon book reviewers.  With a great deal of help from author Anne Rice’s nearly one million Facebook followers, the petition, initiated by one of Rice’s fans, has garnered over 5,000 signatures. In […]


[Note: the following facts are true. They can be verified through the various court filings and decisions on file here and here at Citizens Media Law Center.] Early in my short political career, I learned an old adage known to politicians around the world and attributed to many: never pick a fight with someone who […]


Randy Newman’s iconic song (famously performed by Joe Cocker in the memorable Mickey Rourke-Kim Basinger sizzler, 9 ½ Weeks) came to mind as I was reading all about the latest conflagration: “censorship” of erotic content in literature. If you’ve been hiding under a rock (or maybe just don’t pay attention to the fortunes of the […]