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Writing Between Cultures

I Love Holland! Going to the Netherlands isn't exactly visiting a foreign country and it isn't exactly going home. It is both foreign and familiar. I'm sure part of it is that my husband was born and raised in The Netherlands. He was twenty-five years old...

  When a writing prompt changed everything. Last night, at my writing club, we used this prompt: Imagine looking at childhood pictures of your antagonist. What details stand out that make you empathize with him or her?  1. I thought of this picture I'm knee deep writing my next book,...

Getting My Feet Wet: The North Sea The best way to start a research trip is to jump right on in and get your feet wet. So I do that. Literally. My sister-in-law, Andrea, and I go to the seaside in Zeeland, and there I am! Feet in...

I never thought I'd be the sort of author who would (or could) say, "I've just come back from a research trip!" I never thought I'd say, "My research trip was six weeks long. And it took me to Europe."  But here I am. Saying those very...

The Magic of Memoir in my life. Months and months ago, I met Brooke Warner, C0-founder of She Writes Press, and Linda Joy Meyers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers. They were putting together an anthology and doing a contest. They said, "Send us an...

I've been Sleuthing Around lately. You might say snooping, ferreting, digging. My days are spent with my head in a book, a movie, some old documents, letters. But it's not as dreary as it sounds. It's kind of Sherlock-Holmes-ish. I always did love a good...

The Zambezi Floodplain separates the towns of Kalabo and Mongu. When I lived in Kalabo, it was an eight or ten hour canoe or 4-wheel drive trip to get from one to the other. This week I got an email saying, "HEY! Have you seen the...

The liquid and ever-changing world of book publication reminds me that just when I get comfortable, things are most likely going to change. This time it's my Book Distributor. I've gotten a new book distributor ...

Rebecca LeBoeuf, Editorial Assistant at The Penman Review emailed me a month ago about a Q&A for The Penman Profile. I said sure, I 'd love to do that. Over the course of the month, we emailed back and forth. Over the course of the month, my...

I've been in this relationship for over 15 years. And I'm Saying Good-Bye. We initially got acquainted fifteen years ago. But since January of 2014, we notched up 184 meetings of one sort or another.  It's been a long and significant relationship, and I'm calling it quits, kissing it good-bye,...