Cocktail Karate

Cocktail Karate

            My guy, Brian, knew what to buy for a girl.  While I was writing The Tokaido Road he did some research of his own, and found Mr. Kiyota’s martial arts store on Charles Street in Baltimore.   http://www.kiyotacompany.com/  For Christmas that year this...
Coincidence?  You Be the Judge

Coincidence? You Be the Judge

            Several years ago I decided to stop at the McDonald’s in the Annapolis  district called Parole (a name which, given the resulting Devilish plot line, is a coincidence in itself).  As I was savoring the egg-and-cheese McMuffin, two guys got into an argument...
Florence St. Clair Savage, aka Gram

Florence St. Clair Savage, aka Gram

This is/was my grandmother, born 1894, died 1974.  While researching Tiana Rogers’ story for Walk in My Soul, I learned that among the Cherokee people, “Grandmother” was a respectful way to address a woman.  They even referred to the sun as “Grandmother.”...
Alligator Allegories

Alligator Allegories

Light a Distant Fire is set in my home state of Florida.  Writing the story of Osceola gave me a chance to learn more about my favorite reptile, the alligator.  While driving around the state doing research, I also heard stories of people’s encounters with them. An...
Making Scents of History

Making Scents of History

             When one stops to think about it, writing and reading are preposterous endeavors.   With straight lines of rune-like ink squiggles, the writer creates landscapes, events, emotions, and personalities.  Readers who most likely have never met the...

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