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Women in History

Emily Miree

Emily Miree was born at Fort Snelling in 1836. At that time, the fort was part of Michigan Territory. Today it is part of Minnesota. Within a couple of years surrounding her birth, dozens of famous people passed through the fort. Abraham Lincoln was a spy in the Black Hawk war in 1832. Jefferson Davis… Continue reading Emily Miree

About Writing

San Francisco Writer’s Conference

Over President's Day weekend I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference. I love conferences, especially those for writers. I enlarged my circle of writer friends with authors and editors, and I pitched Aloha Spirit to agents. I attended sessions on perfecting a pitch, marketing books, and creating a brand for an author name. My favorite… Continue reading San Francisco Writer’s Conference

Authors, Events

Join me at LocalLit 2018!

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet 21 local Bay Area authors and get some Christmas shopping done, too! These authors of fiction and nonfiction will share their work, their processes, and their inspirations. Come support our talented neighbors and find out what's happening in the local literary community! Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San… Continue reading Join me at LocalLit 2018!

Bits of Research

Hawaiian Superstitions

Every culture has superstitious beliefs. As a child, I was encouraged not to step on sidewalk cracks lest I break my mother's back, to throw spilled salt over my shoulder, and not let black cats cross my path. While researching my book Aloha Spirit, I learned about Hawaiian superstitions because one of my characters is… Continue reading Hawaiian Superstitions

About Writing, Women in History

Learning Family Stories

Everyone has stories. As I get older, the stories of my youth become more and more interesting to my sons. They can't imagine a world without electronics, without cell phones, without CD players. To me, it's daily life. To them, it's a family story. The challenge for me is to tell them every wonderful (to… Continue reading Learning Family Stories