Tag: Novel

My Favorite Book: Breaking Anchor

It would make my life easier if I just wrote one kind of novel — some easily classifiable category.  Many of mine fit my Small Towns, Big Ideas label, but some do not.  This is one. Chicago isn’t a small

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My Favorite Book: The Copper Room

My wife is a workaholic.  She always schedules more than a reasonable person can accomplish. So one idle science-fictiony thought caught in her brain and she mentioned it over and over for years — the idea of a room where

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My Favorite Book: Bearing Northeast

In 2009, I had an opportunity for a big Canada trip, starting in Saskatchewan and traveling east, stopping in Montreal for the Worldcon where I picked up my Golden Duck award for Lighter Than Air. After that, we kept going

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My Favorite Book: Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust was actually written earlier than my young adult novels that I began to market under the Small Towns, Big Ideas umbrella, but it shares some of the same ideas. When I re-read the book after letting it sit

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My Favorite Book: Follow That Mouse

I love to travel, and long lonely roads are sometimes the best times to think about stories and to plug ideas together.  One long drive on I-70 through the empty miles of Utah, the only distractions were the very infrequent

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My Favorite Book: Golden Girl

We were traveling with our RV along the Mississippi River one trip, and camped at the water’s edge at the Delabar State Park.  When we went into the little town of Oquawka, Illinois for supplies, I was enchanted by the

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My Favorite Book: Falling Bakward

The pieces of this novel came from a couple of influences.  In my back yard, there is a place in the yard where there is a clear mark of a former small building, long gone, but having left its outline

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My Favorite Book: Lighter Than Air

On one of my California trips, I visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where they had a sample of aerogel on display.  This substance is like Jello with all the moisture pulled out of it, leaving a stiff solid that is

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My Favorite Book: Extreme Makeover

During the years when my daughter was attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, it was the perfect excuse to make numerous California trips.  We’d visit her for a while, then extend the trip to places all over the western states.  One

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My Favorite Book: Roswell or Bust

Fresh from the euphoria of writing a novel, Emperor Dad, just for fun, I decided to do it again.  So I had to pull an idea out of my hat — any idea. Aliens!  That’s always a good science fiction

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