Author’s Blog


It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. W. L. Watkinson These are dark times. Regarding George Floyd, my outrage is so great, I have no words. No that isn’t correct, I have too many words, some angry, some filled with sorrow, all full of outrage (but alas not shock) that […]

Life in Old California

Highlighting Historical with Pamela Gibson who reflects on life in old California. In my book, Return of the Fox, set in pre-gold rush California, the first few chapters take place during the festivities associated with a wedding. In Alta California’s rancho days, weddings of the upper classes—always Catholic—were followed by many outdoor activities including barbecues, […]


Like many families, we’ve lost people we loved in one or another of the everlasting wars. Others have come home wounded in one way or another. Veteran’s Day is for them. Memorial Day is to remember the dead and, if you’re able, to decorate their graves. This year, we need to recall the first responders […]

Creating A Country

Highlighting Historical Romance with Nadine Millard on Creating a fictional country. When planning The Royals of Aldonia series, I had a decision to make. I knew that I wanted the family to be European royalty. But I didn’t want to risk using a real family, or even a real country. The truth is that I […]

Morning Music

The trees sang this morning, a symphony after the long silence. I added my morning psalms. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. A goldfinch flashed his coat in the sun while the catbird devoured his breakfast. The first few irises peeked open overnight, making the alleluias come easily this morning. My […]