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Happy Paperback Day!

Today is paperback day -- the day when Oil and Marble is officially out in paperback. Although my debut has been out for over 2 YEARS, this all still feels new to me, and holding my paperback for the first... Continue Reading →

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Writing Historical Fiction: Choose Better Details

(I teach writing classes all across the country. Check my Events page for upcoming classes) The question came as we were wrapping up the discussion about my novel, Oil and Marble: "How do you find and choose specific details in your... Continue Reading →

Find Other Leonardo da Vinci Novels

If you're anything like me, you're eager to read Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Leonardo da Vinci. But it doesn't come out until October 17th, so what are you going to do until then? To tide you over, here's a list... Continue Reading →

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On Revisiting the Last Supper

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. It's not because I haven't had things to say -- we've been traveling through Europe, so I have several blogs in my draft queue waiting to be published... I wrote THIS post weeks... Continue Reading →

Fear of a Book Event in Madrid

Last night, I went to my first international book event for Oil and Marble (Leonardo y Miguel Angel in Spanish) at Libreria Le in Madrid. I was terrified. I've done over 100 book events all over the US; I no... Continue Reading →

Shockingly True Things in Oil and Marble

Today, a new Leonardo da Vinci drawing was discovered in France (see featured image). To honor this very real discovery of very real history, here are 10 shockingly true stories from my historical novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Questions About Oil and Marble

Over the last two-and-a-half months, I've traveled to 18 states, signed over 1,000 books, and put on 81 "shows" (where I do a reading and/or talk about my novel). I've spoken at book stores, museums, art galleries, libraries, historical societies, schools... Continue Reading →

Historical Fiction: History or Fiction?

I'm an art-historical novelist, so I'm very familiar with the on-going debate at the center of historical fiction: Is it the novelist's duty to serve the HISTORY or the FICTION? Readers expect to learn something from historical fiction  -- to be... Continue Reading →

Ode to E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow: Writer. Teacher. Historical Novelist. He died of lung cancer today; I am sad. As a television interview producer, I have met many authors: Maya Angelou. David McCullough. Salman Rushdie. I never met him. I am sad about that. But... Continue Reading →

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