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Danièle Cybulskie Interviews Me for the Medievalist Podcast!

A week ago Danièle Cybulskie and I chatted about creating the worlds of my medieval novels. Here’s a link! She’s an Owen Archer fan, so we talk about how it all began with The Apothecary Rose and go on from there, eventually bringing in… Continue Reading “Danièle Cybulskie Interviews Me for the Medievalist Podcast!”

Q&A with Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth

I am delighted to introduce you to Kim Zarins, author of the YA novel Sometimes We Tell the Truth (Simon Pulse, Sept. 2016), a brilliant retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in a contemporary setting, with the “pilgrims” as high school seniors on a… Continue Reading “Q&A with Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth”

A Writer Reading: White Fang by Jack London

**warning: geeky writer post For the past several years I’ve been browsing books about wolves because, well, I’m writing a book entitled A Conspiracy of Wolves. In my research one book kept rising to the top: White Fang by Jack London. For a while… Continue Reading “A Writer Reading: White Fang by Jack London”

Point of View: Whiplash!

I’ve neglected my blog while caught up in completing Kate Clifford #2 and promoting Kate Clifford #1 (The Service of the Dead) at independent bookstores. The manuscript of #2 is now with my agent and a few careful readers, so I’m distracting myself from… Continue Reading “Point of View: Whiplash!”

Why Study History?

What is the importance of doing history? I once posed this question to a friend, the historian AC (Compton) Reeves. His response, at once playful but also clearly sincere, resonated so strongly with my own feelings that I wrote it on the whiteboard in… Continue Reading “Why Study History?”