Welcome to the third week of AUTHOR-GO-ROUND! This week it's my turn. My grandmother’s grandmother, Ellen VanValkenburgh, fascinated me from a young age. She left a tremendous legacy of strength for the women of my family, and she inspired my novel, Under the Almond Trees. On the left is a photograph taken sometime around the… Continue reading Author-go-Round: Me!
I am often asked which of my books is my favorite, yet I've never had anyone ask which of my sons is my favorite. My books are like my children: they took a lot of effort to 'raise.' If I am distracted from them sales decrease, like children acting out to get attention. I'm proud… Continue reading Favorite Children
A great big THANK YOU to all the bloggers who hosted my Back to School Blog Hop! It was quite a heady month, reading all those new reviews, and I enjoyed the interviews, excerpts, and character interviews, too. To finish off the month, I'd like to share a new review from Amazon: By Dii… Continue reading Great Review!
Happy September! If your local school district is like mine, you've already been in school for two weeks. Nonetheless, I've always thought of September as Back to School month. This September, my books will be featured all month on a blog hop. Listed below are the bloggers who will be participating. Links to their blogs… Continue reading Back to School Blog Hop
Today UNDER THE ALMOND TREES is featured on the historical fiction blog Novel Pastimes. There's an interview with yours truly then a question. Answer the question (it's an easy one--your opinion) and you're entered to win a free copy of the book. Pass it on! DAY TWO interview is up on Novel Pastimes. Check it… Continue reading Win a Free Copy of My Book!
From Chapter 8, Ellen 1871 Yellow has always been a color that is sunny, bright, and optimistic. No coincidence then that the suffrage movement has adopted it. This afternoon the hall we rent at the new Unity Church glows yellow. Early spring roses and daffodils, from the gardens of the ladies assembled here, fill tables… Continue reading Excerpt From Under the Almond Trees
Today Sarah Johnson's blog, Reading the Past features an article I wrote. It details the preparation and writing of Under the Almond Trees. It explores the question all historical fiction writers face--how much fact and how much fiction do I include? Click on the picture to the right to read my article. Please leave a… Continue reading Historical Fiction