Confessions of an Art Addict
Stories and Books - I first began writing short stories in bits of time stolen from my full-time life raising three children and working as a magazine editor. Stories—good ones, that is—turned out to be much harder to make than reading them (a life-long passion). I kept at it because I couldn’t make myself stop, and there’s nothing like the feeling when a story comes out right.
I never meant to write long—a history book or a novel—but accidentally happened into an amazing story, long buried in historic archives, that begged to be told. It is a true story of illicit love and murder that took place in Revolutionary Massachusetts. I was hooked, but it took me 20 years and two books—the first as historical nonfiction, Murdered by His Wife, and the second, a fictionalized version, Bathsheba Spooner, to get the story right. All three books are available for sale here on the book page.
My UNH writing teacher, Tom Williams, a National Book Award-winning author, characterized writing as being “bitten by the art bug.” But I think it is more an addiction than insect bite, because the desire to create art so often turns out to be chronic.
Posters and Prints - It was time for a break after all of the intensive years of writing, and so the last few years I’ve been playing with paint, inspired to capture the places I love, to keep them changeless, I suppose, or to make them mine. But as you might have guessed, getting a painting right takes a much longer time and is harder than I thought. Addictive.