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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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My best seller as of now is

Titanes de la Filosofia

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Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy

How to Become a Writer  

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Greeks Romans Trojans  

Feminism  

Great Gatsby: Is Nick Gay?

All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Ed McBain or Evan Hunter's Detective Fiction

Cover of "Blackboard Jungle"Cover of Blackboard Jungle

Writer and writers:

Ed McBain was born and bred in New York City.

During World War II he served in the US Navy, and then attended City College. After teaching high school for a while, he went to work for a literary agency in New York.

How to become a writer

Whatever little spare time he had, he dedicated to writing. In the beginning he was your night and weekend novelist.

His published the novel The Blackboard Jungle (1954) under his pseudonym Evan Hunter; the novel drew on his experience as a teacher in the NYC system. What helped to solidify McBain’s reputation as a writer was the resounding success of the Hollywood film that bored the same name as the novel, and iin which Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier starred.

After more than 85 novels, many screenplays, he developed a following that devoured his novels as soon as they were placed on the bookstores shelves. All in all, he sold more than 90 million copies.

 Absolute Phrases from The Gutter and the Grave:

In my estimation, what accounts for McBain’s success is his mastery of ‘Absolutes phrases.’  For a full discussion of this feature of the English language (Absolutes phrases), see Mary Duffy’s Toolbox for Writers. Here is a sampling from his novel The Gutter and the Grave:

I guess Johnny Bridges saw the initials at the same time I did because he let out a short sharp scream and then whirled onto me, his eyes with terror (p. 27).

And so now, coming back into the living room, she sat with her back stiff and the big bosom thrust forward high and proud, her knees and feet close together, her chin lifted, the fine bones of her face glistening wetly (p.46).

Her throat swept sharply to her rising breasts, caught in a cheap white sweater; a narrow waist pulled in abruptly, bound constrictingly with a black leather belt; the hips flaring below that, childbirth hips covered with a black skirt taut cover firms thighs and good legs (p. 48).

“You wouldn’t know a voice from hears,” Laraine said angrily, her eyes blazing (p. 129)

“It’s not so little,” she said, the black eyebrows raising archly over the brown eyes (p. 150).

No one should be deceived by the simple and apparently inelegant prose that McBain employs in his detective fiction. What I see is a writer who is thoroughly familiar with the tools of grammar, syntax, and rhetoric.


To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's
Sentence Openers. To write fiction I consult Toolbox for Writers.




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