Each character should have aspects of dialogue which are theirs alone among the other characters. This can be as obvious as using a personal ‘catch phrase’ to the use of double negatives. They can constantly use humour, or inappropriate humour, or be self-important. They can use too many pauses (…). The author is careful not to overuse these devices – perhaps only once in a chapter. Dialogue, in addition to relaying plot information, is also a character-developing trait.
Dialogue in a novel is not “real” dialogue. What I mean by “real” dialogue is dialogue spoken by people in conversations, using air and voice. We do not just put down verbatim (real) conversations. They do not work on the page. Written dialogue is *concentrated* (much like juice) dialogue, doing much more than just responding to sentences. Each line does much heavy lifting in the progress of the novel.
I owe my life to Hitler, though I never met the man. My father was paid to stop Hitler, so there is no conflict of interest. I was given a thunk on the back o' the head by God when I was fifteen, and within a week began to write. I haven't stopped. My first novel was accepted 'over the transom'. My first editor/author luncheon in New York included a naked man with roller skates at the next table. For the sake of research I have lain on Kafka's grave, but I did not weep. I wish upon my own gravestone the phrase "Thank God He Didn't Die A Virgin". There is truth in every truth - so watch out.
My published novels include the popular fantasy A Lost Tale and the thriller The Bonner Deception. I also have two editions of humorous and spiritual short stories, The Elephant Talks to God, which are appreciated by both young and old.
My manuscripts range from stories about unicorns and druids in the 'Passing Through Trilogy' to the 9/11 destruction of New York. I have filled in the missing diaries of Franz Kafka; recounted the first person dementia of a serial killer; explored the outrageous lifestyle of the famous; and listened in while an elephant and God converse. I currently switch my attention between the saga of a family of onion farmers, from Fourth century Italy to the present day, and a contemporary NATO thriller.
I live in Canada and make Nova Scotia my home.
I prefer to travel by train, but embrace the computer age with passion. I am always on the hunt for unique onion recipes.
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