My Writing Hero—Celebrating Herman Wouk’s 100th Birthday by Lauren Linwood


As a writer, I know it’s important to keep writing and releasing my novels. The more I can get my name out there, the better. So far, I’ve published six romances. Two more will be released in June and November this year, and one more is scheduled for 2016. I’m constantly looking for inspiration for more stories, and I hope I’ll be writing for a very long time.

Then I look at someone like author Herman Wouk, who turned 100 years old this week. He has a December release entitled Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author. It will discuss his service in the navy during World War II, which inspired his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Caine Mutiny (which he also turned into a Broadway play AND it became a film starring Humphrey Bogart!). He also shares reflections about his Jewish faith, which has been a recurring theme in his work.

Now let’s talk recurring. Mr. Wouk has been a published author almost 70 years! He has published in every decade since the 1940s. Every decade! 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s . . . and both decades of the 21st century.


My favorite works of his were two 1970s novels about the fictional Henry and Jastrow families that he researched and wrote over 13 years. The novel The Winds of War became a 15 hour mini-series that played over 7 nights in 1983. It averaged 80 MILLION VIEWERS each night! The sequel, War and Remembrance, became a 30 hour mini(maxi?)-series, followed in 1988 and 1989 and won an Emmy for best mini-series.

I can’t imagine writing and publishing for 7 decades. It’s simply mind-boggling.

But during those times I hit a slump and my muse isn’t calling my name? I will remember Herman Wouk’s words spoken in January 2015 at a writers’ festival. He said:

To my fellow authors I would say simply: persevere. First and foremost, writing

is a hell of a lot of work; and one may give years to work that fails to please, as

I have sometimes done. If you press on—and if you have the calling—nobody really

knows that but you yourself—your hour may come.

Well said, Mr. Wouk!


Lauren Linwood’s upcoming June 3rd release, Leave Yesterday behind, is her first romantic suspense.



Callie Chennault vaulted to fame on the nighttime soap Sumner Falls, but after a decade of playing the same role, she is ready for a new acting challenge. When Callie is attacked by a stalker on the streets of New York, she takes a leave of absence from the show and returns to her roots in Aurora, Louisiana, to heal both physically and emotionally and determine her next career move.

Former professional baseball pitcher Nick La Chappelle has also come to Aurora to lick his own wounds after a messy divorce. A Cy Young winner and one-time ESPN broadcaster, Nick longs for the quiet of a small town in order to write murder mysteries under a pen name.

Sparks fly when Callie believes Nick is taking advantage of her great-aunt’s hospitality, but they resolve their differences—and surprise themselves by falling in love. Their bond is tested when both Nick and Callie become the focus of a serial killer nicknamed Lipstick Larry. Can they outwit a murderer bent on seeing them dead and survive to build a lasting relationship?

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2 Responses to My Writing Hero—Celebrating Herman Wouk’s 100th Birthday by Lauren Linwood

  1. C.D. Hersh says:

    Mr. Wouk is awsome. Also correct about just keeping going. 🙂 “You can’t discover new land without venturing across the sea” as the old saying goes.

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