Tears and Tequila in Libraries

Just the other day one of my friends asked me if I had heard of I never had but it’s the “world’s largest network of library content and services.” I was thrilled when I looked up my novel, Tears and Tequila, and discovered it’s in 64 libraries across the U.S., Australia, Singapore, etc. I am so very honored that so many libraries are carrying my novel. Overjoyed!

Here is a link to the site:

Motivation, Writers, Writing

Wendy Ortiz

I was fortunate to meet the great and humble Wendy C.Ortiz at a writers’ conference last spring. She talked about writing “Excavation” and I was blown away by her unpretentious honesty. It illuminated the workshop she led. Her light shines through her every word. In her books. In this essay. Read it! I just did. Twice. Going back for a third reading now. Thank you, Wendy C. Ortiz. Your words weave one hell of a spell.

Check out her web-journal if you haven’t already:


Learning to Eat Along the Way

This woman. This book. Boy, do I have a story about Margaret Bendet and a chance meeting with her in the 1970s that changed my life. Will tell that when I’m not STILL SICK!!!! Meanwhile, I just ordered her book. It’s certain to be amazing. Thank you, Peggy. I still have the crystal mala you gave me in 1980.


Books, Writing

Importance of Reading to a Writer

A great piece about the importance of reading to a writer. I agree 100%. Now that I’m writing my next book I’m reading constantly and what I read changes how I write. Yesterday, I read “The Rules of Inheritance” by Claire Bidwell Smith, a must read for her way with words, honesty, wisdom and structure. Her book inspired me to dig deeper. Thank you, Claire. And thank you for this, Jill Swenson.

Check it out here.


Fire Season by Hollye Dexter

Ganesh, remover of obstacles stands guard on Hollye Dexter’s deep and searing “Burn Season.” Picked the book up and couldn’t put it down. What a writer. What a journey from ruin to redemption. Congratulations, Hollye! See you at the launch – Barnes and Noble – The Grove – April 25.

Hollye Dexter
Fire Season by Hollye Dexter