Category Archives: History

Pilgrimage to an American Literary Shrine

In a just-concluded trip back East, I had the privilege to once again visit Concord Massachusetts, one of America’s richest cultural and historical sites just a few miles from Boston. Of course, it is known in the history books as the terminus of Paul Revere’s Ride and the scene of the Battle of Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution; but for me as a writer it is a town that birthed and housed a whole pod of brilliant writers and thinkers, all living in the same area, jawing in the same pubs and coffee houses, and eventually being laid to rest in the same cemetery. Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: Why a Novel rather than Non-fiction?

So here I was with a mystery that went back millennia and touched the lives and minds of half the world’s population. Why not just write the facts and let the reader come to his own conclusion? Why a novel? Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: Why not Reincarnation?

Who would not trade in the dismal declaration, Remember man that you are dust and unto dust you shall return! for a destiny more suited to man’s nobler aspirations? From “What if reincarnation?” it is a natural leap, at least theoretically, to “Why not reincarnation?” Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: Why a Novel about Reincarnation?

A wannabe writer in my early 20’s, I never imagined that typing out a couple of one-page character sketches about this imperial pair would start a process, and not merely a writing project, that would span decades before completion. Their story was history and thus worthy of a self-defined scholar, but with a twist that defied the status quo enough to support my recently adopted unorthodoxy. Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: What’s the Story in the Novel?

In 1879, Richard Strawn, a Civil War medic disowned by his fellow Quakers, has to come to terms with his daughter Jennifer’s conviction that she was once a fabulous queen and he a king, or concur with his wife, Lucinda, that the girl is hopelessly insane. Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: What’s the History behind the Novel?

In 553 AD, Justinian I, the self-righteous ruler of the eastern half of the decaying Roman Empire, held Pope Vigilius prisoner until the church leader agreed to sign The Anathemas of the Council of Constantinople, previously convened by the emperor. Thus, with the stroke of the papal pen, anyone who believed in the ancient doctrine that souls existed before the present body’s birth or reincarnated after its death was excommunicated from the church, subject to persecution and eternally damned. Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: Why the Odd Title?

Is it possible that centuries ago we were robbed, personally and collectively, of our true history, our immortal heritage, and then force-fed a myth about a rigid and unforgiving spiritual destiny that enslaved us to the robbers? Read more

The Anathemas Q-and-A: Introduction to Blog Series

In the few years since the publication of my first novel, The Anathemas, A Novel about Reincarnation and Restitution, I have been asked many question about the book: What’s does the title mean? How did you come up with the material in it? How much is history and how much fiction? Did you use material supposedly from your own past lives in the book? And many more. Read more