Clouds – Reason 10

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Clouds Roll Away, the third (of many) Raleigh Harmon mysteries. First up, #10: Dirty Forensics My FBI sources often surprise me. No. That’s not right. They always surprise me. But especially the bureau’s geologists. But outside of the FBI’s materials analysis unit, the rock-hounds don’t get much glory. […]

Clouds – Reason 9

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Clouds Roll Away. Reason #9: Virginia’s Historic Homes Along Virginia’s James River, the plantation houses date back as far as the 1600s. Elegant testaments to a bygone era, these homes are the birthplace of American history: Childhood stomping grounds of Presidents Tyler and Harrison; dinner parties […]

Clouds – Reason 8

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Clouds Roll Away. Reason #8: Real Racism Slavery, Rap, Lott Cary and the source of racism. Yeah, that about covers it. The Clouds Roll Away swirls with conflicts arising from the history of a small but significant place in Virginia: Charles City. Bordered by the James […]

Clouds – Reason 7

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Clouds Roll Away. Reason #7: Winter Despite preferring flip-flops to shoes, I still say winter’s my favorite season, perhaps because of my childhood in Alaska. But the reason could run deeper. As painter Andrew Wyeth once said, “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the […]

Clouds – Reason 6

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Clouds Roll Away. Reason #6: Unreasonable Acts Sometimes a story flows onto the page so smoothly a writer feels like they’re receiving dictation, straight from heaven. The opposite also happens. The hell of a writer’s own making, this version begins with a lot of pounding on […]

Clouds – Reasons 5 to 1

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Clouds Roll Away. Reasons #5 – #1: Ready? Reason #5 – Richmond, Virginia. I love this southern town so much that I dedicated The Clouds Roll Away to it. Go see America’s unique historic gem. Reason #4 – Homesickness. In the previous book, The Rivers Run Dry, […]