Write what you know is a sensible dictum; write what you want to find out is way more fun. The wild Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island first stirred my imagination when I was an undergrad in Bellingham, near the Canadian border. I finally got there a few weeks ago, more than four decades later, researching details for my […]
Fiction writers, story weavers, dream for everyone. A person not allowed to dream gradually goes mad; a world without dreams would be unlivable. We need dreams of beauty and love and kindness, humor, excitement, and mystery––even nightmares––to thrive. As a writer, I dream into the concurrence of the beautiful and the terrible, how it’s possible […]
Here, in late July, each day’s air is so clean, the sky so blue, I want to drink it––no big wildfires this season in our Oregon Cascades. (We knock wood when we say it, as though the superstition will save us when lightning storms come flashing through.) Even now, in high summer, we can find […]
My friend, Krayna Castelbaum, and I both write. I produce novels with hundreds of pages, Krayna, poems, sometimes only a few words, all the more precious for the books she makes to share them. With her own creative alchemy, Krayna transforms tea bags––yes, tea bags––into magical embodied poems, words inseparable from the substance of their pages. Holding one […]
Virtual reality, algorithms, blockchain, metadata, going wide, artificial intelligence and machine learning––doesn’t sound like the lineup for an authors’ conference, does it? Maybe not ten years ago, or even five, but if you stand still, WHOOSH, you’ll see the world changing so fast the faces blur. I recently spent a spring weekend at the Chanticleer Authors’ […]
March 16, 2019, what a fun day at Roundabout Books in Bend, Oregon’s NW Crossing, and an honor to share it with six other authors passionate about their work! That’s me in the middle beside Cassie, who performs miracles every day creating wonderful experiences for readers and writers in her beautiful independent bookstore.
NOWEVER, my new YA novel is out! You can find it on Amazon and B&N sites, among others, and if your heart, like mine, is with independent bookstores, on Powells.com. If you’ve been to Portland’s iconic Powell’s City of Books you’ve felt the total immersion in its color-coded rooms. My favorite is the blue room, and […]
My new YA novel Nowever is only days away from publication! It will have its first “outing” at Roundabout Books in Bend’s Northwest Crossing on Saturday, March 16th. I’m honored to be included with Nowever in Roundabout’s YA Festival schedule. Check out the bookstore’s website at roundaboutbookshop.com and join us there.
My ancestors moved relentlessly west across North America, my father’s parents from Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, my mother’s predecessors from Scotland in the early 1700s. The only “roots” I experienced were several family generations in the Pacific Northwest. That changed this month when my husband and I, along with our […]