Where Do Authors Get Ideas??

Where do authors get ideas for stories?  So often at book events, people ask mewhere do authors get their ideas this question.  I’m tempted to say it’s Divine inspiration, luck, or even something magical.  But it’s not!!  I have to admit that I can’t “force” an idea to come forward no matter how hard I try.  There are some steps I take to …

Droning on about Drones

Charles Krauthammer has written a thoughtful column supporting the use of drones by the Obama administration to kill terrorists.  He writes that there are two situations which warrant the use of drones in this way:http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/191480301.html

1.  Situations in which there is an “imminent threat” to our national security and safety.  Our response to kill the people posing …

Drones in Your Backyard

dronesThey can be used to find lost children or pets, stop poachers, help fire fighters find victims, follow fleeing crooks, and even find terrorists. . . so why are drones so controversial?  Why are ten states considering legislation to limit the use of drones by law enforcement?  We’ve all heard about President Obama’s controversial program of using drones

Washed-up on the Beach in California

Off the coast of California smugglers used their 30 foot boat to ram a Coast Guard boat, killing Chief Petty Officer, Terrell Horne.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/us/smuggling-is-on-the-rise-off-southern-california-coast.html?scp=1&sq=coast+guard+officer+dies&st=nyt&_r=0  Could this tragedy be a hint of a serious threat to the United States?

With the increased vigilance across the land borders of our country, more smuggling has gone to sea.  Of  course, …

Terrorist Guilty in Minneapolis

Imagine–a janitor who works quietly by day so that no one suspects him of any criminal activity.  By night, he masterminds a global network of money transfers, smuggling, recruiting of young men to fight overseas, and warfare in Somalia.

In federal court in Minneapolis a jury found Mahamud Said Omar guilty of recruiting as many as 20 young

Extradition of Terrorists to U.S.

The BBC reported that after fourteen years, five suspected terrorists including Abu Hamza al-Masri, will finally be extradited to the United States.  uk-19852506. The five are accused of plotting the bombing of a U.S. embassy in East Africa in 1998.  Why did it take so long to get the courts to return him to U.S. jurisdiction?  What …

Bird Virus May Cause Doomsday

My first book, Reprisal, is about a terrorist who steals smallpox virus  from Russia in an attempt to infect school children in Minnesota and start a pandemic.  Little did I know that non-terrorist scientists may have created a potential plague–much worse than small pox.  See the editorial in a recent issue of The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/opinion/sunday/an-engineered-doomsday.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=An+engineered+doomsday&st=nyt

Scientists …