13 Things to Remember When Writing Historical Fiction

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: Villains abound. Gar writes villains very well! […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Isthmus, Widow Walk|0 Comments

KSER Sound Living Interview – Isthmus & Storyteller Award

Guest post by Avasta team.

In an in-depth interview with Ed Bremer from KSER 90.7, Gar touched upon the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award: his motivations and vision for this grant, in partnership with Artist Trust.

Gar talks about the storyteller award at (48:16). You can listen to the interview here:

The interview spanned across myriad topics: the second book in the Widow Walk saga […]

By |August 17th, 2015|Isthmus|0 Comments

“Historical novelist turns NW history into best sellers”

New Day Northwest, a show that airs on King 5 TV, takes a look at the award winning Widow Walk and Isthmus books, which showcase NW history in novel form.

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|0 Comments

Does Isaac Rest?


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 […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Isthmus, Pacific Northwest History, Widow Walk|0 Comments

Book Guide and Discussion Questions for Isthmus

Our publisher has asked that we add study questions for both Widow Walk and its sequel, Isthmus. Ten of the following questions are included in the paper back and e-book versions of Isthmus.

Isthmus Book Guide and Discussion Questions:

1. The 1849 discovery of gold in California dramatically increased the travel across the Panamanian isthmus.  For several years, the local economy […]

By |January 1st, 2015|Character Profile, History, Interview, Isthmus, Reviews, Widow Walk|0 Comments

Isthmus now available!

Just released! The second book in the Widow Walk Saga:

>> Get it now on Amazon!

It is 1860 and revolution is erupting throughout the world over universal emancipation. Civil war looms in the Unites States. In the midst of it all, a young woman is moving back to Boston with what is left of her […]

By |December 25th, 2014|Isthmus|0 Comments

The Geography and Climate of Widow Walk and Isthmus

I anticipate that Isthmus, the first sequel to Widow Walk, will be ready for readers by this Christmas.  The geography and climate of the two regions in which Emmy Evers and her family traveled were distinctly different.

Widow Walk

is set in the Pacific Northwest region, including parts of present day Washington state, the San Juan Islands, and […]

By |October 16th, 2014|Isthmus, Widow Walk|0 Comments

Garibaldi the Abolitionist

In anticipation of the publication of Isthmus I believe it is important to learn about some of the significant historical figures  who influenced the characters in this book and also would have had some impact on Emmy Evers and her family.

General Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Italian Risorgimento dominated the headlines of newspapers throughout the western world in the […]

By |October 11th, 2014|History, Isthmus|0 Comments

Fuss and Feathers

In anticipation of the publishing of Isthmus, the second book in the Widow Walk Saga, I believe it is helpful to describe some of the historical characters who are part of Isthmus.



General Winfield Scott was, before the American Civil War, the most famous and celebrated military commander since Andrew Jackson, having achieved fame as the result of his […]

By |October 4th, 2014|Isthmus|0 Comments