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Tales for the Camp Fire charity anthology

Coming this May from Tomes & Coffee press is Tales for the Camp Fire, a benefit anthology I edited which will raise money for survivors of last year’s devastating wildfire in Northern California. The preorder link will be coming soon, … Continue reading

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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

My first big book sale came in 2008, when Scribner bought a collection of essays I’d culled from my Morbid Curiosity magazine. Morbid Curiosity collected true first-person confessions from people around the world, talking about the crazy stuff they had survived. It … Continue reading

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Graveyard Field Trips

When I put together my first book of cemetery essays, I had so many essays written that I had to leave some of them out. I tried to be conscious of how many California cemeteries I included, how many times … Continue reading

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Behind “Sakura Time”

The original story about Alondra DeCourval in Japan (The Fox & the Foreigner) was meant to stand alone. Then the second time Mason and I went to Japan, we met a spectrum of Japanese artists who made dolls – some … Continue reading

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Behind “The Fox & the Foreigner”

In 1994, my husband Mason and I went to Japan. It was my first time there – and his third. At the time, he was an electronic guitarist who traveled from show to show.  I was a farmgirl who’d never … Continue reading

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