I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

To celebrate the re-release of The King of Threadneedle Street, I’m updating and reposting this article on art and drawing, which I originally ran in April 2013. Thanks for reading! I loved doing research for Book #2 in the Rougemont series, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century […]

I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

I loved doing research for my new historical, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century global economy to write my financial genius hero, Andrew Tilmore. Luckily for you, I’m not blogging about that. I’d like to show you how I wrote my artist character, Alysia Villier. I wanted […]

Don’t Play It Again, Sam – Part 2 Inspiration from the Bargain Bin

Throw out your tired old bargain bin Classical Music album. Here are five lesser-known gems by brilliant but under-appreciated composers sure to provide inspiration for the most transcendent, sophisticated ideas you’ve ever conjured. 1.  If you watched Looney Tunes, you know the cross-dressing Bugs Bunny only prances with open arms toward the hoodwinked Elmer Fudd to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. With apologies […]

Visual Inspiration via Pinterest, or, Help! Somebody Confiscate My Computer!

I hear complaints that Pinterest is addicting.  Over the weekend I investigated these claims for myself.  I got sucked in too.  Can I just say, as someone old enough to remember researching through gargantuan multi-volumed encyclopedias at the library, I love the internet!  The wealth of information, images, music, and videos . . . and […]

No, Really – DON’T Play it Again, Sam: Five Classical Listening Alternatives

You tell your friends about an obscure band you discovered, and they admire how hip you are, right?  Unfortunately for classical musicians, the more obscure pieces you know, the bigger geek you are.  But it’s a happy sort of nerdiness.  Archives (paper and digital) are filled with glorious, delightfully innovative music, and “discovering” a less-known piece feels like finding a rare […]