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H.A. Raynes was inspired to write NATION OF ENEMIES by a family member who was a Titanic survivor and another who escaped Poland in World War II. Combining lessons from the past with a healthy fear of the modern landscape, this novel was born. A longtime member of Boston’s writing community, H.A. Raynes has a history of trying anything once (acting, diving out of a plane, white water rafting, and parenting). Writing and raising children seem to have stuck.

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H.A. Raynes I just show up. I recently went through my first real bout of writer's block. Six painful weeks of showing up for my usual writing times and…moreI just show up. I recently went through my first real bout of writer's block. Six painful weeks of showing up for my usual writing times and just...staring at the screen. Or doing exercises. Or forcing out words that I just trashed after I wrote them. But eventually it passes. (less)
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Waking up to news of the Las Vegas shooting gave me chills. The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place at a concert. I wrote about a devastating event just like this about four years ago. And just in the past week a strange story came out of Cuba about Sonic Weapons being used against U.S. diplomats. I used such a weapon in my earlier writing as well. It was surreal to read about it...

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