Frank Converse: two portraits, one poem, an image carved into a gravestone weathered by time and a crime mostly forgotten by history… until now

This portrait of Frank Eugene Converse is one few people outside of his family have ever laid eyes upon before. Frank was born on October 1st, 1846 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Before noon on Tuesday, December 15th, 1863, the seventeen-year-old teller of the First National Bank of Malden became the first murder victim during a bankContinue reading “Frank Converse: two portraits, one poem, an image carved into a gravestone weathered by time and a crime mostly forgotten by history… until now”

Turning fifty – a base camp on a climb to a higher peak

My ego tried to dissuade me from writing about this topic, but my muse was unrelenting.  Today is my fiftieth birthday. To many of us, fifty feels like a median point and society points to the number as being middle-aged. Though in reality, very few among us live to a hundred. In the United States,Continue reading “Turning fifty – a base camp on a climb to a higher peak”

Abel Bodied Speech at Converse Family Reunion

June 25, 2022 The Story of my novel, Abel Bodied Part 1Introduction: Page one of fulfilling my childhood dream of writing a novel began in this very building. I just was not aware of it at the time. When I was a boy, I spent hours and hours in this library. I was a studentContinue reading “Abel Bodied Speech at Converse Family Reunion”

Converse Family Reunion

June 24th-June 26th, 2022 It was a great honor to be invited by the Converse family to be a guest and speaker at their family reunion this past weekend in Malden, Massachusetts. The family initially planned to gather in 2020 to mark the two-hundredth birthday of Elisha Converse, but had to reschedule until this year.Continue reading “Converse Family Reunion”

Murder Mystery Pub Crawls!

Today will the first of several Murder at the Malden Bank pub crawls planned this summer in my hometown of Malden, Massachusetts. I am very grateful to the City of Malden for giving this first time novelist such a tremendous platform! My novel, Abel Bodied: Murder at the Malden Bank is based on the DecemberContinue reading “Murder Mystery Pub Crawls!”

Perseverance and the anniversary of revealing my novel to the world

For eight years, I toiled away on my book. An English literature major in college, my goal in life was to eventually become a novelist. It took a while but I never gave up my dream. I kept the book-in-progress mostly to myself, afraid of the cliche of being middle-aged with a half-finished manuscript gainingContinue reading “Perseverance and the anniversary of revealing my novel to the world”

Take a trip through 1906 San Francisco four days before an earthquake destroyed the city

My novel, Abel Bodied: Murder at the Malden Bank, based on the first murder during a bank robbery in American history, is set in my hometown of Malden, MA in 1863. I had access to photographs, maps, newspapers and other historical resources from the era for my research. I often walked along the real locationsContinue reading “Take a trip through 1906 San Francisco four days before an earthquake destroyed the city”

He’s All About Malden

If you’re walking on the avenue or down a city street Whether it’s Highland, Pleasant or Main There’s a man you’re sure to meet Whose Facebook page’s brought him city-wide fame Seems like everyone knows his name! You can call him Pistol or simply call him Pete! He’s All About Malden As the city continuesContinue reading “He’s All About Malden”