Honest Writing Is Daring: Why Write About Violence

The cliche is true. Study something you love to-death and in-depth. Over the years, many people have asked me, "Why do you study violent behavior?" or "Why conflict?" On a lecture tour in Muscat, Oman, I had to tell my audience that studying violence and violent behavior chose me. (By the way, Oman is a beautiful, peaceful Muslim country. You can read more about Oman in my next post.) What you … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Write About War And Women

Conflict has the potential to teach. In writing, there is always the drive to want to tell every war story. For the past twenty years, I’ve been traveling in and out of dangerous places, moving from one conflict to another, in search for the truth. Hoping to find that magical or mysterious story the world needs to know about a people barely surviving the trappings of war. Years of traveling … [Read more...]

A lesson on writing from NYT bestselling author Jeff Abbott

The Writer's League of Texas Conference 2014 set in the hill country of Austin featured suspense novelist Jeff Abbott as the key note speaker. I admit, I hadn't read his work until now. Most of my books-to-read are about foreign places (I'm currently reading The Stone Fields by Courtney Angela Brkic, a grisly book about the massacre in Srbrenica in 1995). But listening to Abbot share his life … [Read more...]