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How to Create an Award-Winning Book Cover

My book ‘Widow Walk’ won the USA Books News’ Best Book Cover Design Award in 2013.

Widow Walk is set in mid-nineteenth century Pacific Northwest region, called the Oregon Country, which included parts of present day Washington state and Vancouver B.C.

Author and publisher Kelsye Nelson interviewed me last week. We talked about the processes behind […]

By |April 6th, 2015|Pacific Northwest History, Widow Walk|0 Comments

Writing and the Splendor of Solitude

At every book reading and presentation, I have been asked questions about how I go about my writing: whether my process is compulsive/disciplined or impulsive/inspired, where I write and how frequently. My answer is that I am impulsively compulsive. I write when I have something to write and am disciplined only about preserving the […]

By |March 26th, 2015|Diary, Widow Walk|2 Comments

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

— Ernest Hemingway

We agree with Hemingway. But let’s face it. Sometimes life gets in the way of writing. Wouldn’t you love to […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Pacific Northwest History, Widow Walk|1 Comment

Postpartum Care in 19th Century America

One of the female characters in Widow Walk, Emmy Evers, receives postpartum care after suffering a miscarriage. Emmy was cared for by a male doctor and some female caretakers, whose greatest concern is her postpartum fever as they had seen so many women perish when this was present.

Because she was hemorrhaging, the physician who attended […]

By |March 24th, 2015|History|0 Comments

Cross Dressing Warriors in the Civil War

One of the characters our Emmy Evers meets in Book Three of the Widow Walk Saga, The Fairness of Beasts, is a young woman who disguises herself as a Union soldier in order to be close to her lover.

Cross dressing was not uncommon. Although both the Union and Confederacy forbade women to enlist and women distinguished […]

By |March 17th, 2015|Diary|2 Comments

The Butterfly Victim

Last evening I had the opportunity to see (again) and hear Madame Butterfly, the Puccini 1904 grand opera set in 19th century Nagasaki, Japan. This version was produced by the excellent local company Lyric Opera Northwest whose mission is to provide classical operatic venues in which local talented young singers can perform with seasoned […]

By |March 16th, 2015|Diary|0 Comments

The Cimarron

The Cimarron (Cimaroons) were Congolese African slaves who escaped from the Spanish in Panama and lived in the forests of the Darién Gap. Masters of camouflage and known for their cunning ferocity, for hundreds of years, they and their descendants preyed on the travelers of the Camino Real and the Rio Chagres, allying themselves […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Isthmus|1 Comment

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By |August 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments