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Month: December 2016

Happy New Year from Amsterdam!

Happy New Year from Amsterdam!

Happy New Year from Amsterdam! I hope you and those you care about have a wonderful 2017. I know I have much to be grateful for. This month I’m celebrating my first year as a published author, which is something I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to say! I’m extremely happy to have connected with so many amazing and interesting authors and readers this year. I’ve learned so much from all of you. I am indebted to those who have bought…

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Guest post on Women Writers, Women’s Books

Guest post on Women Writers, Women’s Books

How Archival Research added Texture to my Novel I’m so excited to see an article I’ve written about the historical research I conducted while writing The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, now featured on the front page of the amazing online magazine, Women Writers, Women’s Books! What an honor! I’d love to hear what you think of the article, and what your responses are to the questions I pose at the end of the article: “Fellow authors, do you conduct archival…

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Why do I write?

Why do I write?

Motivated by Passion I’m always amazed by the number of people I meet who have a well-developed idea for a book in their heads but have already convinced themselves they aren’t ‘good’ enough to actually write it. “You’re a published author,” they say, “maybe you can write it up for me.” Since my first book’s release in November 2015, I’ve been asked to author three memoirs, a science fiction novel, a technical manual and a daily calendar of inspirational quotations,…

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Goodreads giveaway: Down and Out in Kathmandu

Goodreads giveaway: Down and Out in Kathmandu

On December 16, 2015 my debut novel, Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking, hit the actual and virtual shelves! I’ll never forget the feeling of astonishment and joy when I searched on Amazon and found my novel on the same lists as my backpacker fiction writing heroes… To mark this momentous occasion, I’m giving away one signed copy of the Second Edition paperback. If travel thrillers are your thing, or you simply want to visit Nepal and Thailand from your…

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Parakeets of Vondelpark

Parakeets of Vondelpark

When I first moved to Amsterdam, the last thing I expected to see where flocks of rose-ringed parakeets residing in the city’s many parks. The beautiful pink and blue rings around their necks and in their tail feathers make them quite a sight to see. If you hear their high-pitched squawks nearby, go take a closer look. Thanks to their curious nature, they’ll probably check you out as well! The first official sighting was in 1976 in Vondelpark, the same…

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Swayambhunath stupa of Kathmandu

Swayambhunath stupa of Kathmandu

The Swayambhunath stupa is one of the most recognizable symbols of Nepal, which is why I chose to feature a silhouette of it on the cover of my debut novel, Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in Backpacking. It is part of a large temple complex perched on a sliver of land rising high above the Kathmandu Valley floor, collectively known as the ‘MonkeyTemple’ thanks to the colony of well-fed primates which reside there. The central stupa is topped by a gold-colored…

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Is there a sculpture by Picasso in Vondelpark?

Is there a sculpture by Picasso in Vondelpark?

Scattered throughout Amsterdam’s largest city park – Vondelpark – are several statues and sculptures, including one designed by Pablo Picasso, Figure découpée l’Oiseau. Though Picasso intended it to be a bird (note the feet recognizable at the bottom of the sculpture), Amsterdammers have always seen it as a fish and locally it’s known as ‘Picasso’s Fish statue’. It was a gift from the artist to Amsterdam in 1965. That same year, the city organized an exhibition of artwork featuring some…

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The Lover’s Portrait Google Map

The Lover’s Portrait Google Map

Explore Amsterdam through the eyes of my main character, Zelda Richardson, and learn fun new facts about the city along the way. Photos and excerpts of The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery are included in the descriptions of these lovely places. Hope you enjoy roaming around Amsterdam! https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=15DHJ67jcjJUNzMiVY2-AyHnOuKY  

The Lover’s Portrait added to Stedelijk Museum and Jewish Historical Museum libraries

The Lover’s Portrait added to Stedelijk Museum and Jewish Historical Museum libraries

In August 2016, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery was added to the library collections of two incredible cultural institutions: the Stedelijk Museum and Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. The Stedelijk Museum, one of the world’s most renown contemporary art museums, decided to include my novel in their collection thanks to my descriptions of the processes involved in the restitution of Nazi-looted artwork. A few weeks later, I received word that the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam was so pleased with their…

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The Lover’s Portrait at Pink Point Amsterdam

The Lover’s Portrait at Pink Point Amsterdam

I am *extremely* proud to see The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery on display at Pink Point Amsterdam on the Westermarkt! Pink Point is the world’s first gay and lesbian tourist kiosk, providing general information, pamphlets, advice and travel tips for LGBT tourists. Their knowledgeable staff can also tell you more about the history of the neighboring Homomonument — the world’s first tribute to the many gay and lesbian people who lost their lives during World War II. They also…

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