Reviews

The Last Aloha

The Last Aloha, by Gaellen Quinn, is the story of Hawaii's last queen, Queen Liliuokalani, and the power brokers that brought her kingdom to its knees so it could become part of the United States. This is a story most people don't know. King Kalakaua, the last king and Liliuokalanai's brother, could read and write,… Continue reading The Last Aloha

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

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Inspired by Family

Throughout my life, I have listened avidly to stories of my family. It was no different when I married my husband and heard stories of his family. I turned my own stories into a novel, UNDER THE ALMOND TREESĀ and I'm currently working on ALOHA SPIRITĀ a story of my husband's grandmother. The picture at left is… Continue reading Inspired by Family

Excerpts

Writing Craze

As some of you know, I have begun taking online classes in pursuit of my MFA in Creative Writing. This endeavor has pushed me to write a LOT this summer. The summer is half gone, but I have written a chapter of Aloha Spirit, started a new flying horse book, written a short story and… Continue reading Writing Craze

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On Inspiration

  Inspiration is a very personal thing. For me, it means whatever fuels my desire to click away from Facebook games and open my current Work in Progress. No one procrastinates better than a writer. Even though I love to write, my brain is tired from Real Life and it takes a great effort of… Continue reading On Inspiration