Chapter 1 Posted!

This is the day I’ve been working towards for the past year. I’ve spent months researching, writing, rewriting, sketching and painting and I was determined that I would have at least part if Chapter 1 done on the 100th Anniversary of the Ice Bridge Tragedy of Niagara Falls. The book “Hecock” will have a dedicated page for each chapter.

After you enjoy reading through the first pages, take a look at the TV spot “2 The Outdoors” by Terry Belke on WGRZ-TV (or online at their website) tomorrow afternoon. Find out all about the real life incident.


TV Interview!

Exciting news… I was interviewed this morning by Terry Belke, the producer of “2 The Outdoors”, a regular feature on WGRZ-TV Buffalo, about the Ice Bridge tragedy! If you can get the channel, it will air on Sunday afternoon, February 5. It can also be viewed Sunday afternoon online at

Knowing the details of the real life incident will not spoil the ending for readers of “Hecock”; quite the reverse… you see, Chapter One is based on the true life story, but the rest of the book has more twists than the Niagara River! I hope you will take time to watch this timely production and share your reactions here.

the Unnaturalists: Good steampunk!

Came across an author, Tiffany Trent, who will be publishing her YA steampunk novel “The Unnaturalists” in August 2012. While much of “Hecock” is historical fiction, I’m mixing in a bit of steampunk. Tiffany’s book may be the perfect way to introduce yourself to the genre. You can bet I will be reading this as soon as it comes out!

Redo of a Redo

Okay, I didn’t want to spend too much time on this one page, but I ended up changing the bottom frame contents, combining some of the next page with it. Here is a detail of the bottom frame and the text.

About Railroad Workers

In response to a comment about my last post, concerning the look of the railmen, I am posting a photo of 1913 PA railroad workers. My goal is not just to tell an interesting story, but to keep as much of it historically correct as I can. First, they do tend to look the same… I think everyday work clothes were limited in style; most men brandished mustaches and/or beards; most wore similar hats. And many of them were underfed, therefore on the scrawny side. Too bad in real life they were not brawny and buff, as they might have pulled Burrell up onto the bridge with no problem.

This photo was found at