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...

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...

So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is officially going into a second printing! That means my book has sold beyond the expected selling numbers! COOL BEANS! It got me thinking, what exactly is a second printing? Is it the same or different from a second...

Last week I drove to Valley City, the town I grew up in, to look for an old newspaper article from when I was a kid. I'd recently reconnected with a friend on Facebook and we'd reminded each other of when our picture had been...

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...

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....

On Saturday the Minneapolis Star Tribune did a wonderful review of my book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village. And then this weird thing happened that I kind of know about but really don't. Another website grabbed the info. and linked to...

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....