The Pomegranate: H. Slowinski’s Top Ten of 2021

THE POMEGRANATE made Heidi Slowinski’s Top Ten Reads of 2021. I am thrilled beyond words. Truly. Heidi has a significant following and she loved the book. Her wonderful review, titled  Historical fiction at its best appears on both Amazon and Goodreads. “Schwaidelson is a captivating storyteller, with a wonderfully careful attention to historical detail. ThisContinue reading “The Pomegranate: H. Slowinski’s Top Ten of 2021”

Slash and Burn Editing

Admitting that I hear fictional people talking led to an avalanche of email. I think some writers are too shy to publicly admit they hear characters, too. They’ll just have to get past the shame of thinking they are crazy. They are not. Speaking of characters talking, Petey and Rico are annoying me. Nor areContinue reading “Slash and Burn Editing”

Book review: Penis Politics

I now know more about Karen Hinton than I ever expected to know. However, the trajectory of her life is a textbook study of everything that is wrong about how We, the People once inculcate girls in these here United States. Notice the present tense. It has not stopped. Yes, the book is filled withContinue reading “Book review: Penis Politics”

I Hear Fictional People Talking…

Now that THE POMEGRANATE is up and running, the time has come to turn my attention to what’s next. Truth be told, there’s a little red dot folder on my desktop labeled consider. In there, one can find all manner of things and thinks that just might have potential. First lines, poems that go nowhere,Continue reading “I Hear Fictional People Talking…”

There was this map…

People keep asking me about the map over the character list in THE POMEGRANATE. It’s really its very own story, one of those quirky things that happen when you’re researching a book. This story begins with me needing a map of medieval trade routes in the Mediterranean basin to figure out travel times and routes.Continue reading “There was this map…”

Still Breathing

I gave birth twice. In the scheme of all things obstetrical, they were relatively easy births. Of course, relatively is relative. Labor is just that. Labor. Hard work. People say the labor is worth it, because you get a living, breathing, human at the end. Sometimes, people equate publishing a book with giving birth. IContinue reading “Still Breathing”

Welcome to the 12th Century

While she waited for Sufiye, Batsheva treated herself to a cup of pomegranate juice. The taste took her back to her mother’s garden and, for a moment, she believed she was free to return home. Pomegranate juice cures everything. I cannot think of anything more calming, relaxing, or refreshing than a cup of fresh pressedContinue reading “Welcome to the 12th Century”