Tag Archives: PTSD

The Conscience of an Independent

There is a level of emotion that only men—and I mean men—who have run for public office and lost can appreciate. You pour every bit of male egocentric pride into a humungous unwieldy uncontrolled risky effort, take positions that will enliven some people to ecstasy and passionately infuriate others to blind rage, suffer every fool gladly seeing yourself as wise, go into debt, hazard your most cherished relationships, and permit petty concerns tear apart every seam of your psyche and soul, all in full public Continue reading →


When a novel begins to be read fairly widely, its author’s anxieties surface. How will the book be perceived? Will one motif peg the book in a category that isn’t quite accurate or intended? My biggest anxiety about The Navigator has always been that its arching theme of war and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would dominate a breathless modern thriller centered on finance and politics. I went to ThrillerFest VIII a couple of weeks ago. My first writers conference, it had the feel of a Continue reading →

Judging My Book By Its Cover

Vonnegut and I were on the phone talking about our new novels. My book, The Navigator, is six months from its June 2013 publication launch date. Norb read the advance bound manuscript from my publisher, Forge Books. Then he graciously and effusively blurbed it for the Macmillan catalog. “Now you’ve got to join us,” he said, “at Algonquin Redux.” An invitation to the table for the new guy. I accepted. “I’m going to write about marketing and positioning the book,” I told him. “Good. I Continue reading →