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Author “Meet and Greet”


Initially, I was disappointed that the Barnes and Noble in my sister-in-law's hometown didn’t offer me a traditional author “book reading” gig. They “didn’t have the space” they claimed, which seemed ridiculous. I’ve attended many author readings—and had my own author events—in much smaller bookstores, where the staff cheerfully maneuver bookshelves on wheels to clear…

A Refugee Coffee Shop


At first glance, it looks like any other Berkeley coffee shop: bags of gourmet beans displayed on racks, croissants and scones in a glass case, rows of young people engrossed in their laptops, the soft hum of conversation, and behind the counter the baristas at work at the espresso machines.           But this is no…

The Real McCoy


They arrived today: four big boxes delivered by our friendly neighborhood UPS guy. He had to brave the fury of MacDuff, our 20lb West Highland terrier, who wags his tail and jumps with delight to greet everyone who comes to our door—unless you’re delivering mail or packages. Then he is transformed into his miniature version…

Totally Awesome!


Okay… I know it’s been a week now, and so much has happened since, but I have to write about the eclipse. I’ve been up in the mountains without any network access so I couldn’t post until now. I got pulled into the eclipse hype relatively late, about a month prior, and by that time…

Climbing the Mountain


I climbed a mountain the other day. Well, not all the way to the top. But I went on a wonderful mountain hike, ascending more than 1500 feet, through lush meadows, past tumbling streams full of spring run-off, and tons of wildflowers in hues of purple, yellow, red, pink, white and blue. My neighbor, who…

3 Months to Pub Date!!


September 26 is exactly 3 months away. That’s the day for When It’s Over to make its debut on the world stage. After more than 12 years gestation and 3 title changes, the due date is in sight. I’ve been busy as a bee, reviewing typos discovered by my kind advance readers; consulting with my…

So…Many…Books…


I have just returned from New York City and my first ever Book Expo (BEA 2017). I attended with a group of She Writes Press authors—and I have to say that was the best part: getting to meet in person the awesome project managers and support staff from SWP and all my fellow authors. And…