Coming soon(ish)? Or is that later(ish)? The way we choose to view the timing for the debut of The House Guests, my latest book from Mira, depends on many factors. Until recently June 29th seemed years away to me. After all, time’s been moving slowly this past year, one day fading into the next with…

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“In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full,…

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Beware of destination addiction,  a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, and with the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.–Robert Holden It’s so easy to fall prey to “destination addiction,” isn’t it? Especially…

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I can’t seem to write 2021. Every time I’m asked for a date, I find myself thinking this is 2012. I always catch myself, but this anomaly doesn’t really surprise me. I’m sure it’s not as much a desire to time travel back nine years as it is to pretend this past year didn’t happen.…

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature— the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” -Rachel Carson, author and naturalist I offer these inspiring words in honor of…

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! The day has arrived for dyeing beer and rivers green, singing Danny Boy and enjoying ice cold Guinness in a frosted glass–which is not how it’s served in Ireland, BTW. Like many of you, I have Irish DNA, at least one-quarter. My maternal grandfather was born in the U.S. to Irish…

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“What a marvelous thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly…

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Last week I asked you ten questions about what you love most in a book. Thank you to all who took the time to answer. The blog is still available for those who wanted to take the quiz and just didn’t get around to it last week. So are the answers, all of which are…

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