Welcome to my new blog which is an attempt to give you a glimpse into my background  as a writer and novelist. You’ve seen or heard quite a bit about my novels, but you might want to know how these books came to reality.

Writers get ideas literally from anywhere and everywhere – from billboards along the highway to watching how people interact with each other. A television program can spark an idea in an author’s mind as well as an author’s own personal experiences. Many ideas that became the storyline in The Road At St. Liseau came from my own activities in Europe, especially in Paris and England. As a Korean War veteran, I have a military background and have seen and studied various war histories by reading about them and by talking to veterans about their experiences.

I think you get the point of all this; you need to LIVE LIFE, and build a personal background rich in experiences of all kinds. Travel as much as you can, leave home and find out how other people live. Later in life, this fund of experiences will serve you well. The novel The Pilatus Enigma came from memories I have from exploring Lucerne, Switzerland. My college courses in psychopathology helped me create a highly emotionally unbalanced character in the person of Mr. Lambert.

Photos by the author

An Air Force officer eight stories underground controls 20 nuclear missiles from his location in Minot, North Dakota. The missiles are launched from their silos. Photo by the author.

Photo by the author

Air Force personnel can reach out and touch the nuclear missile or make adjustments to the missile or the launch platform.

PHOTOS BY the author

Dizzying view down into the launch silo with the nuclear missile standing ready to be launched.

Some of the themes that consistently run through my novels include:

  • triumph of good over evil
  • love eventually conquers all
  • human courage far beyond determination
  • freedom from tyranny
  • the high price of victory
  • faith in the future

Every novel features murder, intrigue, detective work, espionage, and a series of surprise events. Each novel has several high points so that the story line is constantly in motion. The reader survives one surprise, but fifteen pages later the story throws out another surprise. The novels are designed to be read in about six to eight hours and book sizes are able physically to fit easily into a brief case, a woman’s purse or a shopping bag.

Mt. Pilatus
Photo by Thomas Becker

The land on which to build the Peenemunde rocket test center was donated by Dr. Wernher von Brains’ father. Although too late to help Hitler and despite repeated Allied bombings, both the V-1 and V-2 rockets nonetheless paved the way for today’s rocket science.

Notre Dame Cathedral
Photo by Thomas Becker

The fantasy village of St. Liseau never actually existed, but this photograph of a deserted village between Calais and Paris served as a model for the novel ‘The Road At St. Liseau’.

St. Liseau
Photo by Thomas Becker

This simplified diagram of a V-2 rocket shows the arrangement of major sections of the rocket. Nazis builders of the rocket carried out 65,000 design changes before the first successful flight in October 1942.

“The photos in this website, for the most part, were taken by me at various times in my career to show a variety of personal experiences. I encourage you to have as many experiences as possible to gather a broad fund of knowledge to draw on. Your readers will know if you lack mature experiences.”

The Pace of a Novel

The Pace of a Novel

Example of slow-down How slow and how fast the story of a novel moves is highly important. The pace of the story is designed to keep the reader’s attention. Fast and slow usually alternate during the telling of the storyline. Slow most often is reserved for romantic...

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The Espionage and Spy Game

The Espionage and Spy Game

Spies have existed since biblical times. Today, every nation in the world has an Intelligance Department that allows nations to spy on each other to gain information about military, political, cultural and religious matters and perhaps to carry out sabotage against an...

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Creating A Character

Creating A Character

Heroes and Heroines, especially in novels, must be handled very carefully. They deserve more than an introductory paragraph or two in the beginning of a book. A reader wants to know all about them; what they look like physically, what kind of personality they have,...

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