Category Archives: Sally Ember

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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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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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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From New Nagler: ‘Romeo’s a-travelling to Mantua. Fetch him.’

Some scenes are hard to write. This was one.   “He walked. Past the old mills, past the stoops, past the troubles that weren’t his own; out of the light of downtown into the darkness of the worker’s ghetto, along … Continue reading

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New Nagler: Where he comes from

It’s what you do in a poor town, he learned. Have hope; everything else is darkness.   The Baker Hills section of Ironton was developed by one of the city’s rich bankers more than a century ago as a swanky … Continue reading

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New Providence (NJ) Book Festival, set for Saturday

The second New Providence Book Festival has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue in New Providence. The rain date is September 29th. Scheduled … Continue reading

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Elephants, the golfer and the compound: ‘The Weight of Living’

There was some dispute about George Dickinson’s ancestral claims, but Nagler didn’t care. He had lived in the area for eighty-five years and his family settled in these hills before the Revolution, whether it was the right Dickinson family or … Continue reading

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Howard Newton on how corruption works (The Swamps of Jersey)

“They make rule after rule to shut that door of opportunity for the little guy. Get their hands around the throats of the middle class and squeeze.  They make deals that only benefit themselves and their money men.”  — Howard … Continue reading

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Is this how the new Frank Nagler story ends?

This is another piece for the new Frank Nagler story, a work in progress. This might be the end of the book, but then again it might not be. The thing about a work in progress is that things change. … Continue reading

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