Murder and Lemon Pudding Cake

Some of my favorite activities involve either reading or cooking, or reading about food. When the two are combined into one, I am in heaven. I love it when authors include food as integral parts of the story. The food consumed by the characters, including the types of food, the amount, and how it isContinue reading “Murder and Lemon Pudding Cake”

Out of the Comfort Zone

Someone, it might have been Eleanor Roosevelt, said to do something everyday that scares you. I don’t scare easily, and I just don’t have the opportunity for things like rock climbing and hang gliding most days, so I am left with challenging myself with little things. I have never been comfortable getting a massage. It’sContinue reading “Out of the Comfort Zone”

Writing in Spain

I did my best writing of 2015 sitting outdoors in the Spanish sun, writing in a lined spiral notebook. “Go write!” Peter Murphy, of Murphy Writing Seminars, told us. “Tell a secret, tell a lie, and never tell anyone which is which.” I sat at a wooden table outside our cottage at L’Avenç, a beautifulContinue reading “Writing in Spain”

It’s About the Senses

Barcelona is all about the senses. On my first trips to Europe over twenty years ago, the streets smelled of exhaust fumes. One whiff told me I was in Europe. No more. The air is cleaner. I walk down the Passaig de Gracia in Barcelona and inhale the freshness of bread baking, meat grilling, andContinue reading “It’s About the Senses”

When an Author Has an Urge for Something Different

“I love your books! When is the next one coming out?” Music to a writer’s ears, to be sure. But what happens when a writer has the urge to write something different than her previous novels? Maybe a different genre, a stand-alone that is not part of an established series, or a young adult novelContinue reading “When an Author Has an Urge for Something Different”

The Value of Color

“I Think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Alice Walker Market in Granada, Spain Our eyes are drawn to color. Visual color attracts us and demands our attention. Like a magnet, it pulls us in. Advertisers and film makers know the value ofContinue reading “The Value of Color”

Starting the Whole Dang Process over Again

A dungeon in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. Might work it into a new novel. Beginning a new novel is both exhilarating and scary. I enjoy the new ideas for plot details, setting, and characters that pop willy-nilly into my brain. Old characters poke their heads in to say, “Can I be in this one? You saidContinue reading “Starting the Whole Dang Process over Again”

‘Twas the Day after Christmas

Spring is on the way! Now that the frenzy of Christmas shopping, cooking, and eating has died down to eating leftovers, making returns and wondering how I could possibly have eaten so much the last few weeks, the end of the year turns into a “pause and reflect” time for me. I don’t make NewContinue reading “‘Twas the Day after Christmas”

Food, Drink, and Travel

Fresh squeezed pomegranate juice! On a recent trip to Israel, my husband and I had an opportunity to stroll through the Turkish market in Akka, or Akkó. After running into a falafal restaurant to escape a rainstorm, we found fellow travelers from Peru, and enjoyed our lunch with a Spanish conversation. We parted ways andContinue reading “Food, Drink, and Travel”