The Writing Life

Voices of Ordinary Heroes of World War II

Voices of Ordinary Heroes:  World War II  History Speaks by Kelly Milner Halls Nonfiction, Target age:  8-12 Rockridge Press, 9781647396428, 122pp. Publication Date: August 6, 2020 Purchase HERE. HISTORY SPEAKS is the tagline for this second book of new titles offered by Rockridge Press. Each presents well-researched and compelling profiles of twenty individuals during the Second… 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 »

ON THE HORIZON: Another Lois Lowry Masterpiece

If you check the ABOUT tab on this website you’ll see that LOIS LOWRY is the  first name in the list of authors whose work I deeply admire and enjoy. I’m not alone in that opinion, but I’d take on all comers in an arm wrestling match for bragging rights that I love her work… Read more »

Wisdom Shared: Anne Lamotte’s TED Talk

It’s been quite a while since I posted thoughts here. I hope your new year has been busy pursuing success, happiness, and big plans for the months ahead. I could waste your time by listing the many ways my busy-ness has kept me away from these posts, but I won’t. I do plan to share… 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 »