Heroes v. Villains

Novels need heroes and villains.  Their conflicts make the stories move. Unfortunately, the reader generally imagines the extremes.  Washington , in the revolutionary period, is the ultimate hero. On the other hand, we really don’t exactly know what villains looked like.  We imagine true villains as dark with deep wheezing voices, like Darth Vader.

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Can Ideas Be Downloaded from Machines?

The cloud won’t contain any letters, those emotional and rational thoughts and statements that people struggled to put in writing in their best penmanship. It will just hold tweets and re-tweets. Where will our history and values come from, when everything we see and know migrates to the cloud?

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On the Road with Blackbeard

Tall ships were in the harbor, and Hampton’s Blackbeard Festival planned a parade and pirate invasion. The city was full of toddlers and parents wheeling strollers. Preschoolers wore eye-patches. And I was there, in the Hampton History Museum, for my first...

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42d Street

Though I’d already seen it several times, in February I attended a performance of the musical Forty-Second Street. I’d always enjoyed the songs and the tap dancing, but also wondered why the producers thought this old movie musical, of all the great musicals of the...

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Eye Patch Ready: Blackbeard’s Legacy Press Interview

Last week I was interviewed by Natalie Joseph, reporter with the Daily Press about my forthcoming presentation at the Blackbeard Festival on June 3. Here is the article: Natalie Joseph, Contact Reporter njoseph@dailypress.com May 30, 2017, 12:10 PM It's still a few...

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AArgh!! A Blackbeard Book Signing

On Monday Blackbeard's Legacy had its first book signing. The event was very civilized and fun, as it took place in a lady's dress shop. Note me with my new hat and cutlass.

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New Book!

My latest book, Blackbeard’s Legacy, will be published on Aug. 21, 2017.  It can already be ordered, pre-publication, from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and from the distributor, Midpoint Trade Books. Blackbeard’s Legacy completes my series which began with The...

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to my new website, so new it’s really not exactly functioning.  I don’t know what happens if you order my books from Amazon.  Koehler, my original publisher, has signed the publication rights for The Wealth of Jamestown and The Wealth of Virginia over to me....

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Book Donations

Last week was the one year anniversary of my receipt of a letter from the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) acknowledging receipt of my donation of a copy of The Wealth of Jamestown.The letter said that the Technical Services Department would catalogue the book and...

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Nomination for Library of Virginia Literary Awards

Dr. Barbara McLennan's historical fiction novel The Wealth of Virginia: A Novel of Colonial Virginia has been nominated for consideration in the fiction category for the 19th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards.  The Literary Awards celebrate Virginia Authors,...

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