• Congratulations to Willow Hecht, who is taking part in the lion rescue mission Operation Spirit of Freedom in Lima, Peru, run by Animal Defenders International!

  • Congratulations to Martha Carlson on the publication of her novel Sagas of a Vinland TImber Scout on Range View Press!  It's available in Kindle edition at Amazon.

  • Congratulations to Sam Kerson and Katah for winning the Public Prize at the Rene Carcan International Printmaking Show in Belgium!

Bookshelf photo of Daniel Hecht's books by Stella Hovis.  For permission to use the cover images displayed on this site, I would like to thank Bloomsbury, Viking/Penguin, Signet/New American Library, Macmillan, Crown/Random House, Simon & Schuster UK./Pan, Blackstone Audio Books, Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff, Plaza y Janes Editores, Kustannusosakeyhtio Otava, Uitgave van Concentra Uitgeversmaatschappij, Circulo de Lectores, Editora Rocco Ltda., Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, Arnoldo Mondator Editores, G.K. Hall & Co., Presses de la Cite.

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​​"Former musician Daniel Hecht has brought a welcome artistry to his new field . . .  He is a writer for those who demand texture, intriguing information, and a provocative thesis along with their thrills."     -  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Recent Reading

  • The Heretics by Will Storr
  • Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Great Leader by Jim Harrison
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • World Gone By by Dennis Lehane
  • A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel
  • Blackhouse by Peter May
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz


  • Kites!: Remebering the proportions of the kites I built when I was 12, I built a large kite from scrap materials while in Maine. The kite was six feet tall and had the lift needed to carry a  video camera aloft. It reached astonishing heights and gave us not only an orbital view of Lane's Island but a surprising face-to-face view of the Green Man, the omnipresent god of forests and the world's green places. You can see flight video and photos from the ground at 

  • Music: For the first time in years, I have been composing music for guitar and other instruments - with the help of the composition software Sibelius. At last I can (sort of) play the music I always heard in my head.

  • A curriculum on creativity: After many years of procrastination, I am assembling my essays on the process, practice, and neuroscience of creativity; the first test subjects of this curriculum are my students in Creative Writing at Champlain College. You can read excerpts of these essays at

Daniel Hecht

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