Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Moms With Stilettos

(NOTE: This blog was originally written and published on my original blogging site on February 16, 2013.)

This week's blog is a reprint of an article I wrote for COLLIER's Magazine last summer about my Black Stiletto series and how I've often used MOMs as protagonists in my novels. The link to the complete article is here: http://colliersmagazine.com/article/moms-stilettos. But here's the beginning...


Mothers make wonderful protagonists. I’ve often used them in my thrillers. The lead characters in several of my novels are indeed women, and many are moms, despite the fact that once upon a time I wrote guy-oriented stuff like continuation James Bond adventures.

By the way, the title of this article refers to knives, not shoes. That’s right, my latest series features a mother with Alzheimer’s who many years ago was a mysterious stiletto-wielding, costumed vigilante operating in Eisenhower/Kennedy-era Manhattan and L.A. She was known as the Black Stiletto, and she took on common crooks, the mafia, and Commie spies—but her identity has been a secret for fifty years.

This is my new mom.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my real mother. We have a great relationship and she’s the best mom in the world, but, apparently, judging by my work, I enjoy creating fictional moms whose dark secrets are uncovered by their children. I’ll leave it for the psychoanalysts to determine why this might be a recurring theme in my novels, but consider this—could it be that when one gets to be a certain age, the story of our parents’ lives prior to raising children becomes more interesting?

(Continued at... http://colliersmagazine.com/article/moms-stilettos )

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