Category: Writing Blog

BBCT Character Creation

BBCT Character Creation

I love learning how writers discover their characters. When I first saw The Man Who Invented Christmas, I absolutely loved how finding the right name for Scrooge allows him to come into existence. And then he follows Dickens around, along with the other characters as they are created! This is so true! Since I previously shared …

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Pi Day Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Pi Day Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Happy Pi Day! In honor of Pi Day (because it’s 3/14 😉 ), I thought I’d share a recipe for chicken pot pie mentioned in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker! Nain’s chicken pot pie recipe is a family recipe we’ve used for years! If you’d rather make things easier on yourself, you can replace the roux …

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Learning From History

Learning From History

“You can either run from it or learn from it.” Rafiki in The Lion King History is a tricky beast. Some say we should just forget it, hakuna matata, and all that. Others say that if we simply ignore it, we’ll never learn from it. As an historical fiction author, I land firmly in that …

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Tales with De Sales Podcast Interview

Tales with De Sales Podcast Interview

I had the extreme honor of joining Jayne De Sales for an interview on her marvelous podcast, Tales with De Sales. This is a podcast “exploring fiction that cultivates the good, the true, and the beautiful.” We talked about Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, historical fiction, living in Spokane, and why history itself is so important. …

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I Want to Come to Your Book Club

I Want to Come to Your Book Club

What’s cooler than having the author join you for your discussion?! I had the extreme honor recently of attending a local Spokane book club and joining their discussion of my historical mystery, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker! We had so much fun! I brought several of the books I used for research and we passed those …

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Christmas Sale

Christmas Sale

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m offering a special deal for your Christmas shopping through my website! For a limited time (until I run out of books!) you can purchase for just $24.99 both Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker—my historical mystery—AND Christmas Fiction Off the Beaten Path—a Christmas anthology featuring a short story I wrote entitled “Mary, Did …

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Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

One of the best resources I discovered for describing life in Spokane in 1901 was the Dear Mother collection of letters. Marinus Crommelin of Amsterdam wrote home during his visit to Spokane 1901-1902. His letters were compiled and translated by a relative into Dear Mother. This week I wanted to highlight some of Marinus’s impressions …

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4 Ways to Shop Local

4 Ways to Shop Local

Next week is Thanksgiving and the weekend after is Small Business Saturday, but it’s always in season to shop local! 1. Brick-and-mortar If you’re not sure if there’s an independent bookstore near you, check out indiebound.org where you can search quickly and easily. In and around Spokane I know you can find Butcher, Baker, Candlestick …

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