May 2017

Widow Walk Optioned for Production by Seattle’s Heyou Media

By |May 22nd, 2017|

 “Game of Thrones-Style” Fiction Joins the New Media Company’s Production Line-Up of Pacific Northwest Stories and Artists
Seattle, WA – May 24, 2017 – Heyou Media, a new media and content aggregator company founded by actor and filmmaker Tom Skerritt, announced today […]

April 2017

When Britannia Ruled the Northwest: April Presentation at Folio

By |April 12th, 2017|

I am happy to announce that I am one of four presenters at an upcoming event at Folio: A Seattle Anthenaeum. For those who don’t know Folio, it’s part of a national community of 21 membership libraries in North America that provides a full schedule of programs and discussion groups, as well as library […]

March 2017

Artist’s Chat: The Story Behind Widow Walk’s Award-Winning Cover

By |March 2nd, 2017|

Creating an amazing book cover
While I’m putting the finishing touches on the the manuscript for book III, The Fairness of Beasts and it is making its way through the wilderness that is editing, proofreading, and printing, I wanted to bring together the two gifted artists who worked with me to create all three of the […]

January 2017

Help us choose the Book III cover

By |January 30th, 2017|

Designing a great book cover is an intricate project that requires time and craft, and I have always enjoyed the process. For the cover of The Fairness of Beasts, book III in the Widow Walk saga, I am delighted to be working with two of the artists who helped design my previous covers as […]

September 2016

Battling the Northerners: Stories that Shaped Widow Walk

By |September 15th, 2016|

During the summer of my second year in medical school, at the invitation of a classmate who also was a Pacific Northwest transplant, I had the opportunity to work with him as a salmon fisherman on a “reef net” boat.  That summer, I met several Lummi Tribe Native Americans who live in the area right […]

Who Were “The Northerners” of the Pacific Northwest?

By |September 15th, 2016|

In 1844, a schooner called “Pigeon” was found adrift, empty and burned out, off of Maury Island in the south part of the Oregon Territory’s Puget Sound. The craft’s seven man crew was never found. Natives in the area attributed the disaster to an early morning attack by the “Northerners” who came on longboats.

WHO […]

January 2016

Drums of the Castle – Timballo di LaCasella

By |January 9th, 2016|

The following is a recent variation on an ancient recipe, created originally in Valenzano á Bari, by the family of my grandfather, Alfonso. Because the people of his village did not use surnames the way we do now, and because his family had lived within the protected domain of the local castle in Valentano, when […]

October 2015

Recipe: Italian Country Bread with Cannellini, Escarole and Olive Oil

By |October 26th, 2015|

Over the past few months it has been my treat to bring together in cooking classes a variety of friends, college, medical school and high school classmates, fellow writers, physicians and long-lost cousins. We remodeled an already beautiful home on Capitol Hill in Seattle by ripping out a small kitchen and creating a huge, […]

13 Things to Remember When Writing Historical Fiction

By |October 2nd, 2015|

Guest post by Avasta Press

Kelsye Nelson, the founder of Avasta Press, hosted a webinar with historical fiction author Gar LaSalle.

Gar talked about 13 things to remember when writing historical fiction. He answered questions from the audience at the end of the webinar.

Our favorite tip is number 13: Villains abound. Gar writes villains very well! […]

September 2015

Italian Translation of Widow Walk Now Available!

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Guest post by Avasta team.

Widow Walk is now available with side-by-side Italian translation. You may read the English on one side, and read the Italian version on the other. It is perfect for language learners!

Italian description: A metà dell’Ottocento il Nordovest Pacifico, un vasto territorio fatto di foreste impenetrabili e […]