Why I Created The Storyteller Award

As a small child growing up in Seattle’s Rainier Valley “Garlic Gulch” – so named then because that’s where the Italians lived – I had the great privilege to listen to my father who could keep an encircled crowd captivated with gentle, humorous, animated, sometimes extended tales that invariably entailed something that would resonate with…

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In Search of the Good Doctor

A few weeks ago I had the honor of delivering the 7th Annual James McClellan “Humanities in Medicine” lecture at Whitman College to an audience composed of physicians, academicians and students.  Research for the topic, “In Search of the ‘Good Doctor’” allowed me to explore and in many cases, re-acquaint myself with a wide array…

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How to Write Bad Guys

I once knew an opera singer who built a successful, very specialized career by exclusively playing the witch in Hansel und Gretel. For two months out of each year during the winter holiday season, she flew around the world, shuttling from performance to performance, singing and artistically seducing kids into her gumdrop house. She was so…

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The Fairness of Beasts is Published!

Today is the day! Book III in the Widow Walk Saga is now live on Amazon, and I am thrilled. The team at Solipsis Publishing and I have been working hard for months to get everything ready, and it’s exciting to release the book to the world. Click here to order The Fairness of Beasts…

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The Fairness of Beasts Pre-Order Bundles Are Here

Hello everyone, I am thrilled to announce that pre-orders for The Fairness of Beasts, Book III of The Widow Walk Saga, are now available. We are very happy with this book, and reviews are already starting to come in. We are honored that The Midwest Review named it a Reviewer’s Choice as well as selecting it…

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The Medallions of the Widow Walk Saga (so far)

Many people have asked about the beautiful medallions that adorn the covers of the first three books in the Widow Walk saga.   Who did them?  Why did you choose to use them?  How were they created?  What do they represent? Widow Walk The talented Randy Mott of Mott Graphics (MottGraphics.com) is the designer of…

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2017 Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award

I consider it an honor to support the arts, especially in Washington State where I live and work. When I developed this StoryTeller Award with Washington State’s Artist Trust, I wanted to be part of their work supporting regional artists. I named it the “StoryTeller Award” because I believe there is an unacknowledged responsibility of fiction…

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Artist Chat: Representing Women in Literature

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of being part of an artist’s chat with to award-winning author Karen Essex. Karen has written many books based on hidden stories behind famous women like Kleopatra, and it was fascinating to hear her insight into how women are represented across the media, and talk with her about…

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When Britannia Ruled the Northwest: April Presentation at Folio

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 collections…

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