Farewell J.P. Donleavy: God have mercy on the wild Ginger Man

The great J.P. Donleavy has died at the ripe old age of 91. I’ve been a Donleavy fan since my senior year in college when I discovered his work while studying in Ireland. Donleavy is the King of The Tragicomedy. “The Ginger Man,” in particular, his first novel exemplifies that concept and the main character,Continue reading “Farewell J.P. Donleavy: God have mercy on the wild Ginger Man”

You ain’t Spota be doin’ that! What’s in a character’s name?

Spota. This is a picture of the man who inspired the character in Alexandria Reborn. What an interesting name? How did he get this name? Who is this guy and why is he in your novel? Who is the real Spota then? No spoilers here, but in the scene where he introduces himself to Rand,Continue reading “You ain’t Spota be doin’ that! What’s in a character’s name?”