This week I taught a class on Living an International Life. It came about like this. A couple years ago, I did an AW story on Beth Ekre: 2009 N.D. Teacher of the Year. A few months ago, a met Beth unexpectedly and she invited me to...

Authors are reluctant to talk about sales numbers, unless they are selling thousands, at which point they love talking numbers. I've been curious about "average" sales. In reality, what I'm asking is, "How is my book doing?" Here's a hard look at the numbers and what...

Seems like everyone is gearing up for first day of school, or first day of teaching, or first day of fall. It's transition time for me also, as a writer. Switching gears from just writing to writing and speaking. Clubs are starting up and groups are meeting. And...

As a reader, I've used Goodreads since 2009. It's a virtual bookshelf with all my books on it. I put the books in categories such as art, cooking, Africa, memoir and also the year I read it. The nice thing is, I use the library...

Writers need solitude. Writers need community. This is the teeter-totter writers navigate. Writing Conferences are one way to be in community; Writer's Groups are another. When I moved to the Fargo/Moorhead area, I was astonished that I couldn't find a writer's group. I pretty good on...

Per request, here are some groupings of photos  to supplement the reading of So Many Africas. (I apologize for the odd formatting and spaces between some pictures. I can't figure out this part of WordPress) Hope you enjoy the photos.  Hubby & Me 1982-  The day we moved...

Back in 2008, I sent an essay in to a journal called Under the Sun. It was rejected. After a year of writing and producing new work, I sent another essay in. It was accepted. The essay, "There's a Hole in the Bucket" came out...

When I was first beginning to get used to the idea of actually Having My Book Published, I made a list of all the schools I had ever attended. I researched their websites and found email address and sent individual letters to each school. I...

Autumn House Press exists because of a love of literature. They don't care that much about the money. I agree with them. What I have found out recently, however, is that I DO care about the numbers. I care a lot. The reason I care is simple....

I woke up this morning and found the Minneapolis Star Tribune had posted a really great review of my book! I didn't know anything about it. But I do remember being interviewed by the Star at the very beginning of AWP Minneapolis back in April....