More About the Author
I'm a linguist and a computer programmer with a passionate curiosity about language. I've always enjoyed reading and writing, but only recently took the plunge into the world of fiction and wrote my first novel, Blind Tasting. Writing a full-length novel is an obsessive and humbling experience beyond what I ever imagined. Having written a novel, I realize my approach to reading the fiction of others has been forever changed; there is a deepened sense of appreciation for what writers grapple with at all levels -- the story, the plot, the characters, the syntax of every sentence. I've written non-fiction articles and essays and the writing goal there is to be clear and accurate. If only fiction were that straightforward. The choice of a word, the choice of whether to leave a single word or phrase out or in, the rearrangement of two sentences -- these can make a world of difference in the flow and impact of a fictional tale, and it's a daunting, enthralling task that constantly confronts one in the writing process.
I've loved the writing of so many authors: Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein, Ayn Rand, John le Carré, Dorothy Parker, Lewis Carroll, Tom Wolfe, Joseph Conrad, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Annie Prouix. The list could include dozens more.
Anyone who reads books through the centuries knows that language has changed and will keep changing. I think it's fascinating to observe this through the shifts in slang and writing style that reflect different times and places. Writing about our current time and place will one day provide a snapshot for future generations, a window onto our particular piece of civilization's journey.