Virginia. So Much More Than Ham.

I'll be in one of my favorite cities next week, Roanoke, Virginia. I'm speaking at the Roanoke Regional Writer's Conference. It's on the beautiful campus of Hollins University. I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: Virginia is incredible. It's just so¬†American, and Roanoke is a shining example of a…

St. Olaf and the Golden Girls

I may have mentioned I married a Norwegian Lutheran, who comes from a family filled with other Norwegian Lutherans. Upon meeting my mother-in-law to be, she mentioned that she graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in home Economics. Until that moment, I thought St. Olaf was a creation within…

On Naming A French Canadian Villain

Conversation This Week With Friend From Canada:"Hey, can you translate something for me?""Sure, What?""I'm naming a villain, want to know if there is a local term for a word.""What word?""The bad guy is named Shiver.""That's kinda stupid, but the translation is frisson.""I already knew that.""Then why did you ask? And…

When Kittens Attack

I love kittens, but they're lethal killers in training.Let's be candid. It takes a brave human to say they dislike kittens. We now have three of them, born in the closet just like the previous litter three years ago. The mother, Pumpkin, is essentially a feral cat who lives in…

The Fearless: Book Trailer Edition.

It's here. And I hope you love it.I have the good fortune of working with great people. My artist, Amalia Chitulescu, and my graphic art specialist, Amber Dalcourt have teamed up to create this amazing trailer.Let's not forget the voice-- Rebecca Cook is, in a word, stellar. She voices all…

Love and the Immortal Hunter

Okay, that title is a bit dramatic. I admit it.Prior to the release of "A Bride of Salt and Stars" next month, I thought I would share one of the critical scenes with you. I've been asked "How does the relationship in your books work?"Fair enough.Here's  a scene with Wally…