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About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.

Why writing a first draft is like performing stand-up with hecklers

“She…” Who’s that? What? Who’s she? The woman in the story. I don’t know. I haven’t named her yet. How are we supposed to like her if she hasn’t got a name? How do you know you’re supposed to like … Continue reading

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The magic of glass

  Annie glanced at the dashboard clock and sighed. Christmas shoppers, a couple semis and SUVs cutting in line had jammed the intersection again. The state highway was the line of demarcation. South of it, the four-lane local road was … Continue reading

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Sgt. Pepper and the old man’s dreams

Stephen closed his eyes and smiled as the music from the radio rose with a chaotic, atonal beauty, a mash of notes clashing, swirling strings dragging along the brash brass, the sound a whirlwind, an anxious tempest that ended in … Continue reading

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‘A Game Called Dead’ cover a winner. Congratulations, Anita!

Just got word: The cover  for “A Game Called Dead,” the second Frank Nagler Mystery, created by Anita Dugan-Moore was presented a Bronze Medal in the 2018 Cover Contest  by http://www.authorsdb.com.  This is the second award Anita has won in … Continue reading

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Collateral damage

“Don’t go to war, kid. Nothing changes and you come home with bad dreams that you’ll take to your grave.”   Stephen closed his eyes and smiled as the music from the radio rose with a chaotic, atonal beauty, a … Continue reading

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“The Weight of Living” named Distinguished Favorite in NYC Big Book Award contest

“The Weight of Living,” the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery,  has been named a Distinguished Favorite in New York City Big Book Award contest. Thank you the New York City Big Book Award judges. This is the fourth award in 2017-18 … Continue reading

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Vote because you have a brain

Vote because you have a brain. Vote because that act is the one equal right we have. Vote because people died to secure it. Vote because you remember that it didn’t matter to you if your neighbor was gay. Vote … Continue reading

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Someone must rage

Put down that needle and thread. You can not sew up the wound that your own bloody hands opened. You cannot offer prayers of forgiveness with the rage of division in your voice. Yet someone must rage; the victims are … Continue reading

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Nagler book four done: ‘The Red Hand’

It’s done. The fourth Frank Nagler Mystery, called “The Red Hand.” It’s done as much as it can be before going through an editing process and revisions, and all the stuff that follows the suspected completion of a book. Before … Continue reading

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How do you slice a tomato with one hand?

How do you slice a tomato with one hand? Or slice an onion, put on a shirt, take out the trash? I’m about to find out. I’m going to soon have surgery on my left shoulder that will result in … Continue reading

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