Serious fiction? Waste of time? Who cares?

Eleanor Catton’s historical fiction book THE LUMINARIES is a rollicking, tongue-in-cheek parody of the overblown, overwritten, melodramatic 19th-century novel and a page-turning murder mystery, to boot. Like the gold it’s written about, the book dazzles the reader with a head-spinning array of characters and a running commentary on the darker aspects of humanity—as you’d expect. […]

The best way to defeat Planned Parenthood

Two questions on my mind about abortion and Planned Parenthood: 1. Some of the most outspoken opponents of abortion rights today are acting out of guilt and shame. They’ve impregnated women in the past who have then had an abortion. I know several of these men, all with multiple abortions in their histories. When they needed abortions, […]

French food to dine for

One thing about the French: they know how to eat. Not only do they take their time at meals, lingering over each course, drinking water, sipping wine, and finishing with espresso, but the ingredients are fresh and local and the preparation superb. Even the most mundane dish–French fries, or “frites,” as they’re called in France–taste better. […]

Writers’ Night in Paris!

For an American writer, it’s a dream come true: being invited to speak and read in Paris. On Friday, July 10, 2015, I was honored to join the very talentedauthors Reine Arcache Melvin and Heather Stimmler-Hall in a lively Q&A discussion with 40 Parisians about the writer’s life, followed by readings from our works, in the […]

Josephine Baker in Montmartre

Josephine Baker adored Paris. “J’ai Deux Amours,” her signature song, said it all: “Two loves have I: My country and Paris.” Unlike with her many other loves, however, her feelings for the City of Lights were requited in full measure. The people of Paris loved Josephine Baker, too, passionately, exuberantly, and faithfully, even after her death. Arguably […]

A Bookish Affair: Review: The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones

I’m delighted with this lovely review of  THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE. The takeaway: 4.5 stars from Meg, and praise for all aspects of my book. “This,” she writes, “is definitely a book that I am going to be thinking about for a long, long time!” Thanks, Meg! A Bookish Affair: Review: The Sharp Hook […]

NaNoWriMo Authors, Quit Your Jobs!

  As the author of five published historical fiction books including my latest,  THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE, I seem to evoke a certain starry-eyed envy among would-be authors who dream of riches and days spent working at home in their smoking jackets. While I do work at home, often not getting dressed until I […]