The Christmas Bike: pre-order!

I am excited to announce that my third novel, The Christmas Bike, is set for release on October 11, 2016 and available for pre-order! (click on link) Here is a brief synopsis: Christmas is already going to be tough for Marie and her family. When a series of events is set in motion long before a…

Fairy Gardens & Writing: how they relate

Planting fairy gardens is one of my favorite things to do every spring. I do this for one of my jobs and on occasion, I teach how-to’s. I’ve planted countless container pots over the seventeen years I’ve been doing this, but planting fairy gardens feels completely different and is always exciting to me. Here’s why:…

Award time!

My unpublished Young Adult fantasy novel, Vagabond, won an award! Click here to read a short synopsis. The thing that I anticipated most was the feedback from the judges. First, I want to start by offering encouragement to those of you who fear to submit your work. (Or fear critique and criticism in general.) Sometimes…

Broken Smiles coming September 23rd!

I feel like I did when I was six months pregnant and people would ask “when are you due, you look huge, when’s the baby coming?” Well, I finally have a “due date” for my novel Broken Smiles – September 23rd 2014! Six months pregnant, that’s where I’m at in my book publishing… only three…

Remembering the Tiananmen Massacre…

I remember the day… cloudless. Always cloudless, for there is no sky in Beijing. Grey haze of toxic pollution, equivalent of smoking seventy cigarettes, blanketed Tiananmen Square. We awoke early to watch the daily flag ceremony. The droves of people who gathered on the paved plain, was staggering, even at that early hour. Soldiers marched…

Into the Mystic

This has been my very favorite song for about two decades. I remember as a teenager playing this song on repeat over and over again while thinking deep thoughts. Ha! Well, as deep as a teenager can anyway. This song inspired a lot of terrible poetry on my part back then. Probably still does 🙂…