Walls – Which side are we on?

"Border Dynamics"

The tide of refugees and immigrants and the resulting walls and discussions of walls - in Europe and the U.S. - remind me of a sculpture I saw at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “Border Dynamics” is a greater than life-sized metal work created … [Continue reading]

Saying Good-bye to an Old Friend

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When my husband I moved to our acreage 10 years ago, I loved all the trees, but particularly the big old willow.  I frequently carried a chair and a book to the tree where I’d spend hours watching the graceful fronds sway in the breeze rather than … [Continue reading]

Top 10 Reasons To Love the Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair Giant Pumpkin

Our state fair is a great fair, acclaimed in book, movies, and song. As a 4-H member I yearned to go. Alas, that desire was unfulfilled. Now that I live within four miles of the main gate, though, I never miss the annual extravaganza.With a nod to … [Continue reading]

On the other side of the table – Iowa State Fair

Seventeen peanut brittle entries waiting for the judges.

With every presentation I made as a 4-H member, getting to the Iowa State Fair was my goal. Each year, I did my best, yet it was never enough to go beyond the county level. The judges always chose someone else, and I was always disappointed. I spent … [Continue reading]

Readers make novel launch possible

It’s launch day for the new edition of my novel GO AWAY HOME. If you haven’t read it yet, this is an excellent time to snag a copy. GO AWAY HOME is available on Amazon (at a very attractive introductory price) in print or Kindle versions and can be … [Continue reading]

Reviews matter – Here’s how to get them

Have you watched the big five trade book publishers launch a book? They always have an impressive list of reviews on Amazon the day a book launches. When I launched Go Away Home, I tried to have reviews ready to go, too.When a senior acquisition … [Continue reading]

Seven questions about publishing with Amazon

Ever since Lake Union Publishing acquired my novel Go Away Home (re-launch on July 7), I get questions. Lots of them. About how it works, the advantages, the disadvantages. Jane Friedman invited me to answer the top seven most frequently asked … [Continue reading]

Dressed up in a new cover – Go Away Home

Go Away Home, a novel

A drum roll, please ... When my novel Go Away Home re-launches on July 7, it will sport this brand new cover.As an indie author responsible for all aspects of publishing, I have to say cover design caused me the most anxiety. Still, I felt I found … [Continue reading]

Jackasses & Monkeys – Inner demons of writing

I'm in Iowa City this week, sequestered at a bed & breakfast, doing a deep dive into writing my next novel. I write, I think, I walk, I write some more. All the while, I struggle with monkey brain. Monkey brain is the form my inner editor takes … [Continue reading]

The scoop on editing with Amazon Publishing

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“What was it like working with Amazon Publishing?” “Did it bother you to lose control?” “Is it still the same story?” These are some of the questions I’ve received since my novel Go Away Home was acquired by Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of … [Continue reading]