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Assassins and Spies

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Assassins and Spies

Let’s talk about “developing” characters. Characters, it seems to me, are drawn from a well we’ve been tossing bits of experience and observation into since birth, and letting them marinate like a Victorian tutti-frutti. Once we decide we need a certain type of character for a novel, we visit that well, and, as we continue to inhabit that character, we continue to revisit the well, re-dipping the character like a tallow candle, adding layers and depth every time. Imagine, now, a young woman, fresh from college in America, wanting to contribute something to the world,...

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The Belly of the Beast

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 | 0 comments

The Belly of the Beast

Let’s talk about crocodiles. Am I making this up, about the crocodiles in Gambela, to scare you because you don’t know anything about Africa, and it seemed like a good way to add suspense to Green Pastures, my first Global Village Mystery? The true answer is a resounding NO! Crocodiles, like many other hard facts about sudden death, are things people deal with in daily life in Gambela, as in many parts of the globe. Everything I’ve put in the book about crocodiles I’ve either seen or heard about in Gambela or researched to the best of my ability. Imagine a young woman...

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Looking for Yesterday

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Looking for Yesterday

One of the things I did in the new Gambella, pop 40,000, was look for the old Gambella, the Gambella I had known, pop 1,000.

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Back to the Present

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Back to the Present

I want to share more of my trip to reacquaint myself with the world of Gambella in preparation for writing the Global Village Mysteries.

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Coming of Age

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 | 2 comments

Coming of Age

When I speak of my early time in Gambella, I frequently speak also of Coming of Age. I thought I should try to explain why.

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