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

March 2, 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…

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Help us choose the Book III cover

January 30, 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…

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Battling the Northerners: Stories that Shaped Widow Walk

September 15, 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…

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Who Were “The Northerners” of the Pacific Northwest?

September 15, 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”…

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Drums of the Castle – Timballo di LaCasella

January 9, 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…

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

October 26, 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…

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13 Things to Remember When Writing Historical Fiction

October 2, 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:…

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Italian Translation of Widow Walk Now Available!

September 2, 2015

Guest post by Avasta team. [dropcap color=”” boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]W[/dropcap]idow 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…

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Creation of “FLOW”…Bronze Sculpture

August 27, 2015

We installed two bronze sculptures a few weeks ago. This short video shows the steps: including my original maquette model, the CAD scanning, the CNC-cut blow up into industrial (blue) foam, my undercutting the foam (because the CNC can’t do that), the clay coating of the foam, the texturing of the…

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12 Grants for Writers

August 17, 2015

Guest post by Avasta team. Do you write full-time? Have you ever considered applying to grants for writers? Grants give writers the opportunity to work on specific project or ideas. Grants are fantastic tools to help supplement your income. We have put together a few grants for writers. Deadlines are a…

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