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History vs. Historical Fiction

One of my biggest reading disappointments ever was Edmund Morris’ biography of Ronald Reagan—and not because of the subject. ‘Dutch’ came out in 1999; Morris died in 2019. This tale may seem remote to those under forty but please hang in there. ‘Dutch’ was a controversial watershed for biography, memoir, and history, with ripple effects that reached my preferred genre: historical fiction. Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” published in 1966,…

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Connected?

Check your purse, pocket, or hand. Smart phone? Yep. Called it. That hardly makes me a prophet. Unless you’re spelunking deep in a cavern, shepherding in the Australian Outback, or ski-trekking in Antarctica,* you expect the instant potential for human connection. *(Initially, I included swimming as a fourth alliterative example of unreachability, but, I just learned, the iPhone 12 is rated for submersion up to half an hour in water…

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Nebraska

A reader who knows I’ve lived my whole life near Boston asked: How did Nebraska come to figure in Covered With Snow? Here’s the gist of that back story (no spoilers). In the late ‘90s I had my dream job. Dot.com was booming, up-ending assumptions. How will the Internet change our business? People with money wanted to know, and my senior colleagues were some of its actual designers. I was…

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Geeking-Out on Fonts

I used to think it pretentious that the authors of certain literary novels (or more likely, their highfalutin publishing houses) would devote space to discussing fonts. (Here’s why we specially designed this unique font for you, oh discerning reader.) Really? If your story can’t stand on its own once the e-book homogenization process gets hold of it, then you’re not going to win my fervor, as a reader, by putting…

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About Me

Art’s writing career burst forth at age eight when he won a creative essay contest at his local public library. Not long after that, he learned about paying bills.

Leaving the famous leafy Boston suburb he’d always called home, he earned his BA in geology at a bucolic, erudite college not too far away where he met and hung out with guys talented enough to actually climb the big mountains that still intrigue him.

After that, he embarked on a career telling CEOs what to do. Over several illustrious decades—maxing out on frequent flier miles, but never quite mastering jet lag—he penned countless corporate treatises, each of which seemed weighty and potent at the time. Mercifully, that part of Art’s literary oeuvre remains cordoned behind non-disclosure agreements.

Art has published in places as diverse and obscure as Computer Reseller News and Ultrarunning Magazine.

Shortly after 9-11, without ever really intending to, he became a Christian.

Art and his wife of 30+ years remain planted near Boston where they walk their dogs alongside an expanding flock of grandchildren.

Covered With Snow is his first novel.