My List: Compound Words

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Lately I’ve become involved with compound words. Not that I don’t have better things to worry about. I sit and wonder if they’re written as one word or two. Or hyphenated. I don’t know who decides where they are in their evolutionary state of commingling, but I spend lots of time looking them up in the dictionary. […]

Inside the Mind of an Author

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an author, read Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler. She gets into the socks of an artist and wiggles her toes. The book is about Jeremy Pauling, who at thirty-eight has never left home. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but as I recall, Jeremy lives on […]

A Pacy Thriller, A Likeable Maverick


   … One client                             … One secret                                                 …One betrayal     Tom Claver’s debut novel, Hider/Seeker, is a pacy thriller about a likeable maverick who bites off more than he can chew when he comes to the rescue of a wealthy battered wife.                        She needed to disappear, he knew how.   Harry […]

Naming the Goat

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“Naming the Goat,” a Serafina Florio short story Sicily, September 1866 It took us weeks to name the goat. First we argued about whether she needed a name. Couldn’t we just call out to her, “Here, goat!” or, “Here, goaty-goat!” someone asked. No one answered until Vicenzu, the middle son, the one with all the […]

Guest Post: Author, Tom Claver


  I am thrilled to welcome author Tom Claver whose thriller, Hider Seeker, publishes April 29. Today he’s here to tell us about his formative years as a writer. The Writer’s Block Sanction By Tom Claver Next month I will fulfill a lifelong ambition of publishing a thriller. Having reached a certain age, I thought it […]