Janice Holt Giles

People are always asking me about my favorite authors.  One of my very favorites is Janice Holt Giles, a Kentucky writer, who wrote historical fiction in the 50s and 60s.  I discovered her books in the 70s while I was a stay-at-home mom to our three children.  I loved the way Giles set her early […]

Dreaming the Story

It’s been said that a novel is a long dream and that good writing allows the reader to enter into the dream and share the story.  Robert Olen Butler’s classic book about writing fiction, From Where You Dream, says that the writer must first dream the story. He talks mostly about daydreams to walk the […]

Birthing a New Book

BIRDIE, book three in my Abercrombie Trail Series, was released about ten days ago.  It’s been a busy time of book launches, contacting bookstores, and arranging events to promote the new release. Lisa Tucker, an instructor from the 2006 Taos New Mexico Master Novel Class, gave excellent advice.  She said that having a new book […]

Birdie’s Book Launch

Last night was a wonderful celebration to launch BIRDIE into the world.  It’s been a long time coming–I first started writing BIRDIE in 2005.  Of course, I’ve revised and rewritten more times than I like to remember, but I am gratified to hold the final product in my hand and see the fruits of my […]

Book Talk in Hutchinson

This past week I journeyed to Hutchinson, Minnesota, as part of their Friends of the Library celebration.  Their library was built as a Carnegie Library in 1904.  The lovely old building was a perfect setting for discussing my historical novels set in 19th century Minnesota.  How interesting to learn that the library is built on […]


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