April 2015

How to Create an Award-Winning Book Cover

By |April 6th, 2015|

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 […]

March 2015

Writing and the Splendor of Solitude

By |March 26th, 2015|

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 […]

Announcement: Full Prize List for March Land Rush Campaign

By |March 25th, 2015|

Join the Land Rush to enter a drawing for a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes:

“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 […]

Postpartum Care in 19th Century America

By |March 24th, 2015|

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 […]

Cross Dressing Warriors in the Civil War

By |March 17th, 2015|

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 […]

The Butterfly Victim

By |March 16th, 2015|

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 […]

February 2015

The Cimarron

By |February 23rd, 2015|

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 […]

January 2015

Dying in America

By |January 27th, 2015|

In October, I participated in the 2014 Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Medicine in Chicago, an annual gathering of physicians, businesses and educators that I have been attending since 1974. It is always interesting and since my first meeting, which I filmed as a physician-filmmaker, I have been fascinated by the […]

Does Isaac Rest?

By |January 22nd, 2015|


It has been rumored that spirits haunt the fertile Ebey plateau.

Some have said that on moonlit nights, looking southward from the crest of the tiny cemetery where the headless body of Isaac Ebey is interred with those of many other mid-nineteenth century Whidbey Island settlers, a pale specter can be seen crossing […]

Physician Writer – An Interview

By |January 8th, 2015|

I was recently interviewed by publishing expert Kelsye Nelson. We talked about my background in medicine and transition into the literary world with the Widow Walk saga, a historical fiction series.


Interview Preview:

Dr. LaSalle, I’ve noticed that there are a growing number of physicians who have become accomplished authors. Why did you choose to write historical fiction when so […]