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How Long Should a Novel Be?

The Dark Of Midnight by Stephen Mertz

How long should a novel be? How long should a short story be? Mr. Shakespeare opined that, “Brevity is the soul of wit,” and anyone who’s sat through a politician’s speech that was too long (aren’t they all?) or read a novel that had just too many pages would be inclined to agree. As a…

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Watching the Detectives

Cold in The Grave by Stephen Mertz

Watching the Detectives Like the guy in the Elvis Costello song who can’t seem to get to first base because all his girl wants to do is watch the detectives on TV, I had one heck of a time balancing my high school homework with all those detective shows that dominated my TV watching as…

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So . . . what sort of books do you write?

So . . . what sort of books do you write? It’s an honest enough question, asked often of writers who haven’t yet achieved the household, brand name status of Lee Child or Dan Brown. It may be at a party. It may be when introduced to a mutual acquaintance. It may just be a…

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I’m a Writer

The Castro Directive

“I’m a Writer with no word modifying that one.” My novel, The Castro Directive, has all the elements of a Cold War thriller—nasty Russian agents, intrepid, courageous American agents, a no-good turncoat spy, treachery and suspense—but, given that it’s set during the Cold War years of the 1960s. it also qualifies as a historical novel.…

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The Adventure Has Begun!

The Moses Deception by Stephen Mertz- The Adventure Has Begun

The Adventure Has Begun! New adventures. I love ‘em. Living what’s called The Writing Life for the past four decades has allowed me to travel across much of Europe and most of North America and has, trust me, provided ample opportunity for all kinds of adventures. “Yondering,” as Louis L’Amour called it. Well, I’d like…

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