Last October, I wrote a blog about why, as an author, I was switching genres, summing up the reason with the statement “because I want to.”

That’s true.  But there’s also a hidden story behind the reason.  It deals with weather, the framework for three of my five previous novels.  (As many of you may recall, I’m a weather guy who’s also a writer.)

When I began researching the WWII bombing raid against which my newest manuscript, OREGON GRINDER, is set, I thought—happily—there might be a weather connection, that is, a link to my previous efforts.  Thus, the small following of readers I’d developed wouldn’t think I was totally running off the rails if I switched to historical fiction.