Category: The King’s Mistress

Shoptalk: Use the Energy That's Present

Welcome to a new year on A Writer’s Retreat! I’ll be back with a longer post later this week, but do check out my essay published in Biographile’s “Write Start” series. I was fortunate to meet a wise,  perceptive dharma teacher as I was…

Shoptalk: Use the Energy That’s Present

Welcome to a new year on A Writer’s Retreat! I’ll be back with a longer post later this week, but do check out my essay published in Biographile’s “Write Start” series. I was fortunate to meet a wise,  perceptive dharma teacher as I was…

Alice Perrers’s Pearls

Pearls. Beauty formed as protection for oysters and mussels from tiny stones or grains of sand. Layers and layers of a lustrous substance, nacre. Light reflected from the overlapping layers gives pearls their iridescent luster. I’ll be talking about The King’s Mistress at a…

Shop Talk: Uses of History in a Novel

I’ve been thinking about the various ways I use history in novels. In the Owen Archer novels, I (as Candace) make use of the history to create the motivation for the crime and the circumstances–political, cultural, local–that led to it and that create obstacles…

Happily Ever After

I’ve been quiet, I know. My husband and I are caught up in providing hospice care to our fragile elder kitty, Agrippa, who is dying of congestive heart failure. He’s having more frequent crashes, panting for breath, his heart hammering. My husband and I…