News and updates

IS IT OVER? Happy 2021!

We’re ALL counting on 2021 to be a huge improvement over 2020, right?  Well, to kick off the new year, I’m sharing a  “two-fer” good news. Later this spring (stay tuned for details) a new picture book will hit the stands, written by Sandy Brehl and illustrated by Becky Hirsch. It has absolutely nothing to… Read more »

2020, Covid19 Syttende Mai: From the Cutting Room Floor

It’s September 17, 2020. Six years ago this was the publication date for my debut novel, ODIN’S PROMISE, in which the holiday plays a pivotal role in the plot. Each year since then I’ve attended a festival or book fair or other event to celebrate Syttende Mai  here in the USA. In Norway, this is… Read more »

PRAIRIE LOTUS, by Linda Sue Park: Expanding the Single Story

PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park Clarion Books, 9781328781505, 272pp. Publication Date: March 3, 2020 Currently five starred-reviews and still counting. This remarkable novel is ideal for middle grades and I add my voice to urge all ages to read and discuss this important story: “Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a… Read more »

God Jul! An Outtake Offering

    Soon after ODIN’S PROMISE released, readers offered the kindest gift of all- a continuing interest in Mari and her family as the occupation of Norway continued. I had never intended to write a sequel, but I swallowed hard and dug into research, then writing. As I wrote about the ensuing four-plus years of… Read more »

Holiday Hopes and Happiness to All!

I sent out my winter newsletter earlier this week. If you aren’t a subscriber, you missed some recaps of the past year and comments about current projects. (It’s a busy season, so no worries.) In it I included a brief outtake from the last book in the trilogy, a passage related to the Jul season…. Read more »