July 2017

The Medallions of the Widow Walk Saga (so far)

By |July 29th, 2017|

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 ( is the designer of the […]

2017 Artist Trust LaSalle Storyteller Award

By |July 27th, 2017|

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 […]

Artist Chat: Representing Women in Literature

By |July 12th, 2017|

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 […]

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, […]