Help! My Character Wants to Kill Me

Have I created a monster? Last night, Blanche de Castille – the White Queen of France and the evil mother-in-law in my forthcoming novel “Four Sisters, All Queens” – tried to kill me. I don’t recall what I did to offend her. Nothing much, probably. I mean, look what happens to Marguerite, the oldest of […]

Queens and Elephants

Dear Reader, I have two goodies to share with you today! First of all, my forthcoming novel, “Four Sisters, All Queens,” made a world premiere last week when I read five of my favorite pages during the Flying Pig Reading Series here in Spokane. I’ve included the link to the video for your viewing pleasure:Sherry […]

Out with the Old, In with the New

I’ve been working the equivalent of two jobs lately: Trying to get the word out that “The Sword of Medina,” the sequel to “The Jewel of Medina” has been published, and writing the partial manuscript and outline for my new book, “Queens of the World,” which has thrust me into a new era but, in […]

Note to Authors: Don’t Do This!

Dear Reader, I am sick of being called an “Orientalist.” As if being interested in another culture were a bad thing. And, as I’ve pointed out ad nauseum, “The Jewel of Medina” doesn’t exoticize the Middle East. To the contrary, readers of my book will find that Muhammad and his followers lived grueling lives of […]