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Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Here’s a short excerpt from my travelogue Notes of a Naive Traveler, about one of the many impressive holy sites in Nepal I was lucky enough to visit. December 4, 1999: Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal Last weekend, our neighbor’s son Shekhar and various family members took me to Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal, two holy sites close to our house. To get to Budhanilkantha, Shekhar led us up the very high hill behind our house, through a collection of tiny villages bordering the…

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New Interviews on Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine

New Interviews on Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine this month! You can read my interview with Awesome Gang on their website. Here’s a short preview: What’s next for you as a writer? I plan on continuing the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series and have no shortage of choices for where to take her next. In my desk I keep a ‘future story ideas’ folder that is rather full! I already have plans for Zelda…

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Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War II: A Dutch Perspective

Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War II: A Dutch Perspective

Before moving to Amsterdam, I knew very little about the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II, a topic that plays a central role in my novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery. Sure, I’d read about controversial cases in newspapers and wondered why museums didn’t hand over the artwork immediately when legitimate claimants appeared on the scene, but also why it took the relative of the legal owner so long to submit a claim. Only…

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Interesting and Obscure World War II References in Literature

Interesting and Obscure World War II References in Literature

My second novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, is an amateur sleuth mystery describing the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Before writing it, I read a number of very interesting and somewhat obscure reference books and articles to help me better understand this complex period in European history. I’ve seen several Goodreads…

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Three new interviews: Indie Publishing Group, Birds of a Feather Press and Wandering with Melissa

Three new interviews: Indie Publishing Group, Birds of a Feather Press and Wandering with Melissa

It is always an honor to be featured on websites and blogs dedicated to writing, publishing and travel. I am so lucky to have been interviewed by Ben Jackson for the Indie Publishing Group, Jay Artale for Birds of a Feather Press and Melissa Burovac for her site, Wandering with Melissa. If you want to learn more about me or my books, these would be a great place to start 🙂  Happy reading and travels, everyone!   Ben Jackson’s Indie…

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The Writer’s Edge with McKensie Stewart

The Writer’s Edge with McKensie Stewart

UPDATED Sept 25: You can listen to my interview via The Writer’s Edge archives. Click on the September 22, 2017 show and (if you wish) skip forward to ~55 minutes to hear our conversation. It was fun and insightful – I hope you enjoy it!   This Friday (September 22), I am thrilled to be a guest on McKensie Stewart’s radio program The Writer’s Edge! Tune in on-line via Fishbowl Radio Network. Click on the Grey Stream to listen to our…

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New article and interview

New article and interview

Amsterdam’s experiencing an unexpected yet welcome heat wave, which means I’ve been on the beach more than behind my computer 🙂 Many thanks to Lucia N. Davis and Andrew Cairns for featuring me on their blogs these past two weeks! I feel honored to be the first person Lucia N. Davis interviewed for her blog. It was lovely to revisit the places which inspired my novels. Thanks, Lucia! You can read the entire interview on her blog. Andrew Cairns invited…

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Claiming My Place in the World

Claiming My Place in the World

I thought I was so cool, handing over twenty-five Euros to a freshly washed junkie I’d met in a Red Light District coffeeshop, instead of one of the smellier ones lurking on the poorly-lit bridges crisscrossing the canals. As soon as he pocketed the cash, he scurried outside and charged down the street. I hurried after him, half-running to keep up. When he darted into a darkened alleyway, I froze and my guard went up. Was he robbing me, or…

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Twitter for Beginners

Twitter for Beginners

I am often asked by author friends new to Twitter what hashtags are and why they should be using them. Quite simply, when you tweet a message with no hashtags it is invisible to anyone not following you. And when you are just starting out, that won’t be many people. Twitter users can ‘find’ tweets two ways: searching for a keyword or checking their favorite hashtag streams. Yet the results are surprisingly different. Try it one time. For example, when…

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Staying ‘In The Moment’: One Author’s Adventure in Travel Writing by Jennifer S. Alderson

Staying ‘In The Moment’: One Author’s Adventure in Travel Writing by Jennifer S. Alderson

So far this month we have been introduced to three travel memoir authors – Melissa Burovac, Jill Dobbe and Anne Hamilton – and their unique stories. It has been a pleasure reading about their journeys and how their travels influenced their writing. The rest of the month I will feature articles by former and current expats and authors Beth Green, Annika Milisc-Stanley and Pamela Allegretto here on my blog. Today I want to share my own story about how I…

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