Bohemian Artists, Mid-1800s

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Bohemian. A word often uttered with a mix of admiration, confusion, and mockery. Usually we think of a bohemian as someone who’s unconventional, footloose and carefree. Quite likely, she’s also an artist or maybe, a writer. A place called Bohemia … Continued

Stark Truth: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

My latest novel, The Shade Under the Mango Tree, takes the reader to a foreign culture. I’ve traveled to Asia, Europe, and parts of North Africa so it might have been inevitable that I would write about experiencing other cultures … Continued

Margaret Hale, John Thornton: An Enduring Love

As seen through the eyes of Margaret Hale, John Thornton, the hero of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel North and South, is tall, broad-shouldered, about thirty, with a face that is neither exactly plain, nor yet handsome, nothing remarkable. To this perception, … Continued

Losing Your Soulmate: Writing While Grieving

I started a book February of 2018, hoping I could finish it and publish it before the end of the year. But as I have said often enough, life intrudes, sometimes in ways you hope it doesn’t. How do you … Continued

A Life Well-Lived: A Son’s Tribute To A Father

Rich, my husband, passed away just before Christmas. I was and still am in denial. And in deep mourning. I can’t focus. I’m aimless, like a log floating at sea with nowhere to go. But here’s my son paying tribute … Continued

When Writing, Like Painting, Is A Naked Art

A few years ago, I did a large canvas painting using sketches of models from an art class I attended. At first, I didn’t know where I should go with it. I’m an okay, but not a particularly gifted painter, … Continued

Feast Your Eyes: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies Trailer

Book marketing gurus tell you you need book trailers. Here’s the one to my latest book: Tantalized? Find out more here. Want to share your thoughts about food in fiction? Join our Facebook group

Downcast Eyes: A World of Meaning

The heroine’s downcast eyes in Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Book 3, Between Two Worlds), tell you she’s deep in thought. Leilani’s gaze darted between Greg and Elise; then, with downcast eyes and a tremulous voice, she said, “There was so much … Continued

Inner-Directed Heroines: Paying Homage to Austen and Gaskell

I sometimes feel like an anachronism because I prefer inner-directed characters. Characters I’m more likely to find in the classics. I also tend to be more moved by the prose and stories of classic writers. With some exceptions, for sure. … Continued

White Tea In The Gourmet Ghetto

My latest novel, Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies takes place in a diverse area of big and little treasures to entice your stomach and your heart. Today, I’m sampling white tea. I take my husband to his dance … Continued