The Power of Words, an Audio Q&A I love podcasts, round table discussions, and audio books! I listen while I cook, garden, and walk. I listen while I do laundry, clean, and get the stuff done that has to get done. Somehow, when my brain is...

  The Ethics of Proposing to More Than One Person! You'd never consider proposing marriage to more than one person at a time. However. In literary circles, it's the norm to propose a book idea to multiple agents at a time. At first, that seemed illogical to...

  I'm Proposing! Yes, it's official. I'm in my second ever relationship and have decided, "It's a GO! Let's Get This Thing Done!" What the heck? Right? When my first book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village came out with Autumn House Press, I didn't need...

I'm stewing over threes this week. They are everywhere. From Veni, Vidi, Vici to Stop, Look, and Listen. My husband and I each come from a family with three siblings. The Government of the people, by the people, for the people. The good, the bad and...

Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner Each year Collegeville Institute hosts a summer full of writing workshops. It's tough to get in. I applied two years ago. Nope. Only twelve writers, from across the United States and Canada, are accepted to each ten day workshop. All expenses...

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 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...

My website and I spent a week together doing a Make Over with web designer and friend, Eric Heuer. The big question is: How Often Should A Website Be Updated? Do you really need a website makeover? According to itd interactive, there are a lot of updates...

I had a grand four days in Austin, Texas. First of all, Texas is not North Dakota. The trees were blooming and the outdoor pool called my name. I had three free hours before the conference welcome and I spent it getting in a great swim...