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 […]

Sitting Around Feeling Like a Failure

On Saturday I enjoyed a wonderful day at Spotlight on Books in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  Besides the wonderful opportunity for sharing my historical novels, Abercrombie Trail and Pomme de Terre, with an audience of librarians,  the conference included excellent workshops by Sarah Weeks and Alison McGhee. One thing that Alison McGhee said continues to resonate […]

Comments from Kids

A while back I told you about my invitation to speak to a class of 3rd and 4th graders in a multi-age classroom at a local elementary school.  You may remember my anxiety about trying to teach story structure to kids.  I used Cinderella as a template for structure and invited the children to make […]


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