Books

The Myth of the “Good War.” (WWII)

Writing my novels takes a lot of time, especially research. For every chapter written, likely over ten hours of research goes into the efforts, even more time than getting the words on paper. One thing I’ve grappled with is how our nation and others involved with WWII, forever use the narrative that WWII was “necessary”…

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Introspection from an Author Protagonist

Under the Masks “The human spirit must prevail over technology.” ~ Albert Einstein As many of you know, I am the main character of my novels: Caryssa Flynn. Yes, the author is the protagonist. Although heavily fictionalized, the story in Masks of Morality and Monster behind the Masks is based on my real-life experiences. I…

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Summer Family Trips: A “Slice of Life.”

Hello Readers! I believe an author’s blog should be about the author, not just promoting her books or sharing articles related to those novels. I’d like to share a few photos and snippets of family trips this past summer. Keep in mind that “summer” lasts longer in California than many parts of the nation, so…

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Technology surpassing Spirituality

This is a link to an excellent article describing how in America, the “grave consequences” that Eisenhower warned about in 1961 have all come into fruition today. Our self-destructive military-industrial complex is tearing apart our nation just as he cautioned, eating its way into every corner, including our churches. I’ve seen this myself while attending…

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The Problem with “Show Don’t Tell.”

Over the past eleven years of writing novels, I’ve learned a lot and work continuously on honing the craft. I especially appreciate the improvements I’ve made by attending weekly meetings with the Berkeley Writer’s Circle. The most frustrating law of the literary world for me, going hand-in-hand with the deep “point of view” rule I…

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Sensationalized Terrorism?

The word “terrorism” conjures up mixed emotion. On the one hand, anyone dreaming up dropping bombs or shooting down masses of innocent people anywhere certainly is a terrorist act. Yet, isn’t this what happens with war? To me, the word is an oxymoron, it has lost any meaning or fear tactic associated with it. I…

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Silicon Valley and Spies

This is a social media design I created for the sequel to Masks of Morality. The second book in my Silicon Valley Trilogy, Monster Behind the Masks, drills down to the dark money in politics that’s hidden in so many business deals across the high-tech sector. Business deals within the venture capitalist and CEO’s selling…

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Picasso and my Plot

What to my novels have in common with Pablo Picasso? Read the sequel to Masks of Morality to find out! I like to think of the sequel, Monster Behind the Masks, as the “rickety bridge” to the grand finale of this planned trilogy. The plot drills down to the dark money in politics: but I…

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Gun Violence linked to America’s Wars

Isn’t this what I’ve been saying all along? Of special note cited within this piece: “American students have much in common with victims of drone warfare.” 18+ years of nonstop wars for profit are taking a toll on American youth. Until we take guns and war OUT of our central economic impetus, it will not…

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