The Ugly Truth Behind the Fiction — Research on Human Trafficking for Laerka, my Southern Gothic Thriller

Texas Monthly recently ran the article below to cast a much needed light on US brothels, in particular, those forcing underaged foreign girls into prostitution. The following is an excerpt. Most people who are aware of the existence of human trafficking think that it happens in faraway places, like war-torn countries in the former Soviet…

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Abandoning Ship

I just read the very fine article in the NYT about crimes at sea, what happens aboard some of the shipping vessels that bring our wide screen TVs and cheap clothes to market, and it is truly shocking. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/world/stowaway-crime-scofflaw-ship.html?_r=0 I am doing research on what happens to stowaways, and this article makes things look very…

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Crowdsourcing for new book on alchemy in Renaissance France

My next book is The Peddler of Wisdom, an adventure set in Provence. I’ve got a draft of it sitting on a kitchen shelf, and Elliot and I have begun talking in earnest about going to Provence next summer. To get to all the places mentioned in the narrative, though — Villefranche, Marseilles, Aix en…

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