Fun Stuff

Why write? It’s never easy . . .

Because the magic is addictive . . .

I was eight years old, sitting in the loft of an old barn because that was the place where I could read and not be disturbed. Don’t remember the book, only that it was a story about a girl and a horse. There was a noise below. I looked up and was startled by my surroundings because a moment earlier I had been that girl, riding that horse.

I was old enough to have stopped believing in Santa Claus and other made-up stuff, but this was real. I had been somewhere else, living a different life. Right then and there, I knew I wanted to figure out how the magic of stories worked. I wanted to make that kind of magic. I’ve been trying to do that ever since.



My desk. A messy desk=creativity or don’t I hope!!










My All-Time Favorite novels:
(no particular order)

  •  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler)
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  • Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
  • This House of Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  • Cat’s Eye (Margaret Atwood)
  • Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
  • Plainsong (Kent Haruf)
  • Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
  • Case Histories (Kate Atkinson)
  • Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
  • Canopus in Argos: Archives (Doris Lessing) all books in the series.

Every writer needs a little quiet. Here are my favorite retreat places.

Oleander Cottage Lomagne Region of France

Hedgebrook Whidbey Island near Seattle, WA

Anam Cara Coulagh Bay, County Cork, Ireland