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Daniel Hecht


  • Harp guitars: I've been designing and building prototypes of an attachment that turns any guitar into a harp guitar, such as the those played by Michael Hedges, John Doan, Alex de Grassi, and others. The latest prototype is the best yet! For an excellent overview of the world of harp guitars and those who play them, the authoritative resource is

  • Elegant Sparks: My wife and I are making progress on this book/graphic design concept!  It's a book  containing paper sculptural forms that can be used as decorations, ornaments, and adornments. We're grateful to have been taken on as a project by the students of the Champlain College Publishing Initiative! They are testing its marketing appeal and designing ways to increasing Sparks' visibility on the web. You get a better idea of the project, at

  • 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

    Recent Reading

  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Play by Dr. Stuart Brown
  • The Anatomy of Violence by Dr. Adrian Raine
  • Call for the Dead by John le Carre
  • Saving Normal by Allen Frances, M.D.
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger
  • The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

​​"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)

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  • Congratulations also to Aaron Flanders on the release of his album of music for acoustic guitar (and other instruments), The Third Floor!

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.