To Pee or not to Pee?  What a great Question!

The call of nature beacons to us all.  Not only that but we eat, shower/bathe, brush our teeth and, at least for me, try to figure what the hell to do with my hair.

But, do we want to read about it in a book.

I am a drinker of water.  The doctor would be proud of me because I consistently hit my 80 oz. of water a day.  This, however, means I take many trips to “powered my nose”, “freshen up” or visit the WC.

When I write I do include trips to the bathroom.  Not as many as most non-fiction characters would but still part of the day in the life of the people who populate my books.

Another thing that always bothers me when watching a movie or made for television movie is that people wake up after a long nights sleep to make wild passionate love. Excuse me!  I have nasty elephant breath in the morning.  Never in over twenty years of marriage have my husband and I woke up and made whoopee without first visiting the loo to freshen up AND brush our teeth.

As fiction follows reality, my characters do the same thing.

For me, creating characters who do real things in their storylines makes them and their situations real.

We write what we know.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

Speed bumps!

Hello Readers,

I have had a busy year.  Packing up and moving half way across the country, settling in a new area, selling and buying a house.  Surprisingly that wasn’t too bad.  A few bumps but nothing major.

With the current book I am writing, part of the FBI Trilogy, I have been stuck at a speed bump.

I could see around it, where I wanted to get to, but couldn’t seem to find a way over it.  I was at a standstill.

Typically, I have an end of a book, the goal conclusion, figured out before I write.  Or perhaps, as with Through the Fire, I had the opening scene but nothing else. The stories write themselves and sometimes they just sit.

Cliché, I know. For me, however, that how it works.

I am a ‘problem solver in my sleep’ type of person. I have a problem.  As I get in bed, I say to myself, ‘Raj how are we going to get around this problem?’  Often, not always but often, I wake up and the situation is clear.  How to move a character into or out of a situation.  How to introduce a plot line or twist. The key element to get the story moving is ready. All that is left to do is get to the computer and let my fingers get to work.

That didn’t happen for almost six months.  I knew the where and why, just not the how!  It was very frustrating.

I had two weeks off at the end of December and my goal was to get over this DAMN Speed Bump.  Every night, ‘OK, Raj how are we going to get around this problem?’  Every morning nada, zip, zilch.

So I decided to not even think about it.  Hurray!!! It worked.

The “HOW” was there, just waiting to drag me to the computer and put my fingers on the keyboard.

Since then it has been smooth sailing.  My goal is to finish book #1 – book #2 is already written – the middle of February.

Wish me luck readers!

Raj Lowenstein


And remember – Keep reading!