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The Elgin Letters

The Elgin Letters

E-book free on Amazon “It is my painful duty to inform you that E.R. Elgin, Esq., Lieutenant and Instructor of Musketry, 42nd Royal Highlanders, died of Cholera on Sunday the 28th of July at one o’clock A.M.” So began the letter from a military chaplain in Agra,...

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Untold Stories

Untold Stories

“My father never spoke about the war.” As I researched the World War II background for Daughters of Riga, I heard this statement several times: from the daughter of one of the U.S. soldiers who liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; from an English friend...

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Meet Me At The Winthrop Library

Meet Me At The Winthrop Library

"The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein. When I first arrived in the US (Atlanta) and introduced myself to strangers, I often received the response, “Marian the Librarian?” Unfamiliar with The Music Man show in...

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A Long And Winding Road

A Long And Winding Road

February 28: Publication Day! When, last summer, the Wild Rose Press told me Daughters of Riga would be released on February 28, 2024, the date seemed impossibly distant. Until I remembered how long it had been since this writing journey began: I completed the first...

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A Life of Crime

A Life of Crime

I am addicted to British TV crime series, with an occasional seasoning of Scandinavian noir or French série policière. But my latest binge was American: The Killing (four seasons streaming now on Prime Video.) Oops, now I read the small print, The Killing is based on...

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Storytellers

Storytellers

Stories are a gift from the older generation to the next, if only we will take the time to unwrap them.

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Where are you from?

Where are you from?

“Where are you from?” When they hear my accent, as I place my order at the coffee shop or call the dog at the park, strangers often ask me this question. I try to deflect by saying, “I live here,” but inevitably a monologue ensues about the fabulous holiday in...

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The Consul’s Daughter

The Consul’s Daughter

Edith Zwartendijk was twelve years old in 1939 when her father Jan Zwartendijk reluctantly accepted the post of Dutch Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania. She remembers him working late into the night to issue over 2,300 visas to Curaçao, a Dutch colony in the Caribbean,...

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The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Lazy days with extended family; watching the cows in the meadow lumber down to the river; browsing local village markets…

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An award in the time of COVID

An award in the time of COVID

After publishing A Splintered Step, the third book in the Sarah McKinney Mystery series, in late 2018, I became absorbed in my current project, a World War 2 novel that requires far more research and revision than the mysteries. However, before submerging...

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A Quick Read

A Quick Read

Flash Fiction I have no problem writing short. Writer friends who bemoan having to trim their 250,000 word drafts to an acceptable 150,000 get no sympathy from me. My first drafts read like outlines. They require filling out with several rounds of revision...

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Hindsight

Hindsight

WHATCOM WRITES is a writing competition held in connection with our annual county-wide book club. This year's book, Timothy Egan's The Big Burn, inspired the theme of hindsight. Some writers wrote with regret of questions not asked, paths not taken. Others...

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Gratitude Blog

Gratitude Blog

Thanks to friend and blogger Dawn Landau (Tales From The Motherland) for the idea of making a list of all the things I'm grateful for, starting off the New Year with intention. Setting the timer for 15 minutes, and flexing my typing fingers (both of them) . . . Snow,...

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