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The Neff family is proud to welcome James Henry Neff to the family. James was so impatient to read a draft of The Red Winter, he decided to arrive 5 weeks early. Needless to say, he was quite a surprise and triggered a mad scramble as mom/dad headed off to the hospital and a bewildered Charlie was left in capable hands. He arrived at 7:57 a.m. on August 30th. His first words were "This needs revision." Tough critic.

Despite being an early bird, James weighed in at a hefty 6.5 lbs. and is doing great. The name "James Henry" is a tribute to my wife's father (James Raymond) and my grandfather (Henry Rothschild). While it's very early and newborns tend to look like squashy puppies as opposed to the walking, talking humans they will become, James looks a great deal like his big brother C [...]
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Posted on Sep 10, 2013                         
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Happy Mother's Day!

My mother is the first person who reads each new chapter of my books. I can always count on her to provide timely encouragement and constructive criticism as The Tapestry takes shape. On Mother's Day I want to say a great big THANK YOU to the woman who brought me into the world and raised me. Without her, Max McDaniels would not have made the leap from thought to page.

Here she is in 1971 - a spectacular photo of a new mother in front of the Eiffel Tower with her firstborn (my older brother, John). A beautiful, loving, and thoughtful lady. My siblings and I are very fortunate.

And here's to mothers everywhere - thank you for everything you do. It's a hard job and sometimes a thankless one, but your kiddies love you for it...
Posted on May 07, 2011                         
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One month and counting....

Well, you may have noticed a dearth of postings.  There are many factors at work, not the least of which is I'm getting married next month.  In fact, February 27th is the big day - exactly one month from now.  Very exciting!

I never knew there were so many details when it came to marriage - paperwork, licenses, showers, meetings, floorplans, etc.  I blame my misconceptions on the existence of Las Vegas drive-through weddings.  Danielle and I will not be getting married in Las Vegas, but Chicago - where we both grew up.  Not only will we be a stone's throw from the Art Institute (where Max's adventures began), but my nephew, Michael, will deliver the wedding rings on a copy of The Hound of Rowan.

In many wa [...]
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Posted on Jan 27, 2010                         
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