Thursday, December 17, 2015


December 17th. Today we celebrate the birth date of Erskine Caldwell, novelist and short story writer. He wrote about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South in novels such as Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre. His novel, Tobacco Road, was one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century.

 I was not a writer to begin with; I was a listener.” __E. Caldwell from

Photo: Author Erskine Caldwell poses with his book Tobacco Road on Jan. 28, 1953. A play of the novel stirred up a big controversy on Jan. 16, 1953, when five actors were arrested at the Vancouver’s Avon Theatre and charged with obscenity. Bill Dennett/Vancouver Sun.

Thursday, August 6, 2015


Dear Friends,

I'm giving away an autographed copy of my new book, A Sharp Bend in the Road: 17 Intriguing Stories on Goodreads to three lucky winners. It's easy to enter. Just follow the link below. Good luck. I hope you win!

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A Sharp Bend in the Road by Gerard Bianco

A Sharp Bend in the Road

by Gerard Bianco

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Photo by Carol Rosegg. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Having Trouble Writing Dialogue? This Should Help!

Dialogue means words that characters say aloud to one another. Gestures, and not communicating to a question, can also be dialogue. Great conversation between characters can make or break your story. Here is a list of ten dialogue actions that will determine if your dialogue is any good. If your character's dialogue do not match up to at least seven of these actions then your conversations need editing.

The dialogue you write should:
·                 move the story forward.
·                 move the story with ease of rhythm.
·                 pull together the series of interrelated events that make up the story.
·                 shows and not tell.
·                 characterize your characters, meaning, your dialogue should be appropriate to the age, sex, educational background, sociological upbringing, occupation, and temperament of your characters.
·                 convey needed information.
·                 show the emotional state of the speaker.
·                 build suspense.
·                 foreshadow difficulty, disaster, happiness, or success.
·                 sum up the story to prove your theme.
Keep your dialogue fresh. Avoid repeating information. Remember, written dialogue sounds different than real conversation between two or more people. Keep your ah's and um's to a bare minimum, if you must include them at all.