Shaara has a big idea

Jeff Shaara has a new idea for a Civil War novel:

"There's a great story that I haven't told, which is the western theater," he said. "Sherman is a great story."

I think E.L. Doctorow would agree with him. Perhaps this idea was inspired by Doctorow's sales figures this year. But don't call these products "novels" in front of Shaara - who says he is not a novelist.

"That's so pretentious to me," he said. "I'm a storyteller."

Can we call you "a hack" instead?