News! Brand New Cover and Reading Guide Series for Oscar’s Gift

In preparation for an upcoming month-long daily series of posts that will serve as an online reading guide to my historical children’s novel, Oscar’s Gift: Planting Words with Oscar Micheaux, I am happy to reveal a brand new cover! This new printing also includes some small changes and corrections to the text (not yet available […]

Who was Oscar Micheaux?

This video by Total Vision Media is an excellent introduction to the life and work of pioneer feature filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, the subject of my children’s historical novel, Oscar’s Gift: Planting Words with Oscar Micheaux: Oscar Micheaux from Total Vision Media on Vimeo.

Flash Narrative Friday: Inventories and Measures

[For an introduction, please read The Hattie Project.] In January of 1920, Harriet and Will Whitcher had been married just two years and, because of Will’s military service, had spent much of that time apart. The oldest of ten children and ten years older than her husband, at age thirty-eight Hattie had grown used to […]

On Historical Fiction: Why the “w” Word Matters

The most informative session I attended at the AWP Conference last week was “Putting the Story in History II,” presented by these authors: Ron Hansen (read his essay “The Ethics of Fiction Writing“) Speer Morgan (watch him discuss “Why We Publish the Missouri Review“) Philip Gerard (read his article “The Fact Behind the Facts“) Debra […]

On School Author Visits and Porta Potties

I am very grateful to the welcoming and enthusiastic students, teachers, staff, and parents at Swallow School in Hartland, Wisconsin, for inviting me to be their guest author today. What fun the morning was! To help them to kick off a school-wide writing contest, I spoke to three different groups of students, ranging from kindergarten […]