Author Archives

  • Remembering the Ladies

    The Ladies of The Protector

    While John Adams was in Philadelphia helping to draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776, his wife Abigail admonished him to “remember the ladies,” because “all men would be tyrants if they could.”  Her words ring no less true in… Read More ›

  • The Sounds of (Machine) Silence

    Byland Abbey

    While I was out walking on a quiet Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, plotting out my sequel to The Protector, I was startled by a sudden, loud noise.  It was one of those industrial sized lawn-mowers being driven off a… Read More ›

  • Enter the Villain

    John Morton, Bishop of Ely

    Who or what is a villain?    Shakespeare’s Richard III seems to announce his villainy with a trumpet blast: “And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover . . . I am determined to prove a villain . . .” … Read More ›

  • The Fall of Lord Hastings

    Stall Plate for William Hastings

    If a parent isn’t supposed to have a favorite child, an author is probably not allowed to have a favorite character either.  Nevertheless, I must confess to a particular fondness for William, Lord Hastings, the first character we encounter in… Read More ›

  • Uncles & Nephews

    The Uncles

     Relationships between uncles and nephews are some of the most problematic in history and literature. They can range from close and loving to distant and even dangerous.   My novel The Protector depicts a number of possibilities.  In its prequel, The… Read More ›