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The Geography of a Novel

Tweet THE GEOGRAPHY OF A NOVEL   The setting of my thriller A Bridge to Treachery is deeply rooted in the geography of the Hudson River Valley stretching from Newburg, New York, a town on the Hudson River north of West Point all the way south to Manhattan. I used actual locations because this fuels […]

Memoir Shorts – Butterfield

Tweet “C’mon out to Butterfield with me. You’ll like it,” Johnny says. After school, we amble down to 47th Street at the north end of town and stand on the corner with our thumbs out. Can’t predict who’ll stop for us, so we thumb everyone.   Butterfield is four miles out of Westmont–a big green […]

The Geography of a Novel – Missing Girls

Tweet   Sunday’s issue of the NY Times includes an article by Nicholas Noyes which visits (in a sense) the subject of this post. It’s named How to use a Novel as a Guidepost (1/15/17). He begins by quoting from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist:  “It was nearly eleven o’clock when they reached  the turnpike at […]

Memoir Shorts – Mustangs

Tweet Church was fun, especially the parts that weren’t churchy. I got my first sports uniform when I joined the Westmont Methodist basketball team. We all agreed that our color was red which meant we all had to buy red shorts. The rest of the outfit, well…varied by man. My uniform was an undershirt, and […]

The Stranger in the Woods: The Last True Hermit

Tweet In The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel has written an endlessly interesting book about hermit Christopher Knight who lived alone in the woods west of Waterville, Maine for twenty-seven years. It would be extraordinary for anyone to live alone anywhere for that long, but Christopher lived his self imposed solitary confinement outdoors. He […]

Sydney Interview

Tweet Character Questionnaire Sidney Winkler  Ingenue in Thriller A Bridge to Treachery     • What do you consider your greatest achievement? Easy. The Nobel Peace Prize. Get serious. I’m a semi-successful habit kicking college dropout. I need to get a job in the worst way. Any ideas for me? My greatest achievement: rolling out […]

What’s Behind a Surge in WordPress Subscribers?

Tweet Over the last month or so I have had a surge in new users on my WordPress web page. How Come? http://www.mainelarrycrane.com/?p=7163&preview=true

Q&A Maggie Christopher

Tweet                                Q&A Maggie Christopher Maggie Christopher is the wife of Lou Christopher the lead character in A Bridge to Treachery. 1. What treasure would you most like to find at the auctions you go to? For me, auctions are endlessly interesting because there’s always the chance that you’ll find something there that you just […]

Welcome the Deadline!

Tweet One great incentive to get going with your writing again after a layoff is a deadline. Every year about this time I use the deadline for submissions of short plays to the Maine Playwrights Festival to motivate me to pick up the metaphorical pen. Submissions to MPF 2017 were due on December 2nd. As […]

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – A Review

Tweet Steven King writes in a smooth, easy to read, casual style that millions of readers love. Of course. The first section is truly a memoir of his early attempts to get published. A thousand rejections. So, even the masters don’t come out of the box perfect. It’s a familiar story, but still absorbing. Then, […]

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