28 December 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s brains and Caravaggio’s balls

I’ve a guest post on the Fresh Fiction blog and also there’s an interview with me on the CBS columnist Jeff Glor’s blog about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria. Read the Fresh Fiction post to find out why I don’t think Mozart was an idiot. Read the CBS post to see why I think […]

16 May 2011 2 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Symphony 41

In my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, hears this symphony, which is known as the “Jupiter,” for the first time shortly before she’s due to perform one of her brother’s piano concertos. Its sheer genius awakens a fear that her own playing will look at best mediocre…Until one of […]

9 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Clarinet Concerto in A

Wolfgang’s friend Anton Stadler was a master of the clarinet. He also invented a longer clarinet with some extra low notes, the bass clarinet. The soloist in this concerto in A by Wolfgang, Sharon Kam, is using such a clarinet. He’s practicing this piece when Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl goes to see him in my new […]

3 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music Behind my Mozart Novel

The best reason I have for writing a novel about Mozart must surely be that I love his music. Other elements contribute, including my fascination with his neglected sister and the growing historical research which I believe points toward his murder. But the music must be at the center of the novel itself. I’ve played […]

1 May 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA: the video

For today’s release of my new historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA in the UK, take a look at this two-minute video introducing the book. It features my son dressed as Little Mozart, because I’m even more proud of him than I am of the book… Watch more videos about the book.

27 January 2011 1 Comment

Enter character the Black Swan and Bruce Springsteen way

A writer needs to enter the characters in his novel. I’ve talked about this with other writers, but also found it useful to discuss it with artists from other fields. Two movies I saw in the last week, “Black Swan” and “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” illustrate just why […]

7 January 2011 0 Comments

Into Costume: My book promo Pt. 2

How do you make Jaffa, the ancient Mediterranean port city and present-day gritty suburb of Tel Aviv, look like Vienna in the winter of 1791? Answer: make a book video of a historical novel set in Mozart’s time, and let the lighting do the rest. Last week I headed down to Jaffa for a second […]

30 December 2010 2 Comments

Into costume: My book promo Pt. 1

My new book MOZART’S LAST ARIA will be out in the UK in May. Naturally this means a revamp for my website (coming soon) and a new promo video (coming about the same time) to be posted to Youtube. You know, all the stuff writers actually get into the business of writing in order to […]

9 December 2010 3 Comments

Ikea and the Crime Writer

There are many theories as to why Scandinavian crime writers prosper in the bestseller lists. But I know why it is. Ikea. I just bought a new set of Ikea shelves for my office. I’ll get into exactly how that has altered the configuration of my workspace, but at this point let me just note […]

31 August 2010 0 Comments

Easy drama, too easy drama

Recently, in this (cyber)space, I started to explain why I’ve turned to historical fiction, after previously writing a book of nonfiction and my four Palestinian crime novels. I wrote that historical fiction casts today’s deepest issues in an unexpected (historical) context and can therefore make us see them anew. It’s also a dramatic way of […]