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Q:  When will the David Randall novel be available?
A:  Let’s just keep our fingers crossed.

Q:  Is there anything you can tell us now about the David Randall novels?

A:  They are mostly medical thrillers. The first one, TRADE SECRETS, is set in Boston and Bermuda in 1996. The second one, GRAVE SECRETS, is a domestic thriller with medical elements. Events occur within a single day in 1999, in Boston, Nantucket, and around Nashua. It's going out to agents soon. Third, STATE SECRETS, is just a sketch as yet but will be a political and medical thriller set in DC and the Florida panhandle a year later. David Randall undergoes several life transformations across the three books. Some characters who make only brief appearances in the first novel play major roles later. There are references to famous Boston fictional characters that should be fun to identify.

Q:  May we see some of your other work now?

A:  Yes, look under the Works pull-down menu, where you'll find links to 11 pieces of short fiction. Six of them feature characters from the David Randall novels:  "Martha, Jerry, and Spaulding," "House For Sale," "Broken Angel," "Foreclosure," "Home for Boys," and "The Whittaker Way."  If there are more of these I might collect them in a book someday.

Q:  How long have you been writing?

A:  I started on the first David Randall novel in 2007. In between there were several month chunks when I worked on short stories or the second or third in the Randall series or the SLACKER serial sitcom novel. 

Q:  When do you do your writing?
A:  Every night from 9-11.  Sometimes I'll get away for a few hours during the daytime on a weekend.

Q:  Why did you decide to start writing?
A:  I've always done technical writing for my work.   When I was in high school, I started writing some fiction but put it away after deciding I wasn't very good at it.   Same for song-writing.  Then, when I was 51, my first son was born.  In singing lullabies to him I realized I could write songs after all.  That allowed me to rethink fiction.

Q:  Is the medication difluzapine in the first David Randall novel based on a real drug?

A:  How did you hear about difluzapine?  You're on your own on this one. 

Q:  Who ought to play David Randall in the movies?

A:  Good question.  After the first novel is available, maybe we'll change make this the new "Vote For" panel. Maybe Chris Pine?

Q:  You must know a lot of psychiatrists. Are they all crazy?
A:  You bet.  Each in a different way.

Q:  So what the heck is a “sitcom novel” anyway?
A:  I hope SLACKER defines the genre. It’s a political humor novel, designed to have sequels. The first book is “Season One.” Season One is divided into thirteen “Episodes,” each telling a complete story in 20-25 pages. The episodes also build on one another like a serial to create a larger story. For you POV aficionados, the narrator is like a “camera with attitude.” Just like in TV the reader gets to infer character thoughts.

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