My Blog Posts
Below are descriptions and links to the 2016 posts on my Sites and Stories blog and guest posts on other blogs. Enjoy!
|"Plum Creek is one of my favorites. As a child, I loved the notion of living in a sod house, loved vicariously playing in the creek, loved the image of Laura frolicking on the roof among prairie flowers while Ma irons below." more>>
Posted May 22, 2016.
|"Little House On The Prairie in some ways epitomizes the view of pioneer life many readers of my generation grew up with. What could be more iconic than a family packing their belongings in a covered wagon and heading west?" more>>
Posted May 19, 2016.
|"At least I hope you're having a happy spring. When you work at a huge historic site, as I do, spring can be a killer. I've been curator of collections at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum, for about a year now." more>>
Posted May 16, 2016 on the Killer Characters blog.
|"I’ll start with a confession: as a child, I didn’t particularly like Farmer Boy. Perhaps it was because I’d already bonded with Laura. Perhaps the description of classroom bullies was a bit too scary. Perhaps Father’s brand of child-rearing was intimidating. In any case..." more>>
Posted April 10, 2016.
|"This is the book that hooked me, as a child, on Laura Ingalls Wilder. I wanted to be a pioneer girl like Laura. I wanted to experience sugar snow, and a country dance, and the sense of security that came from being inside a snug cabin on a Wisconsin winter night." more>>
Posted March 16, 2016.
|"Have you read the Little House books lately? Readers have told me that after reading Death on the Prairie: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery, they were inspired to revisit the classic series that inspired my mystery. That delights me. And what could be more fun for Laura fans than having a chance to chat about the books? Next week, I’m starting a new feature here on the Sites and Stories blog—Chloe’s Book Club." more>>
Posted March 10, 2016.
|"Laura Ingalls Wilder fans likely remember the description of Vanity Cakes in By The Banks Of Plum Creek: (Ma) made them with beaten eggs and white flour. She dropped them into a kettle of sizzling fat. Each one came up bobbing, and floated till it..." more>>
Posted March 9, 2016.
|"When I mentioned an upcoming residency on Facebook, several people asked, “What’s a writer’s residency?” A residency involves collaboration between a writer and the community. Every experience is unique, but in this case I had the great good fortune..." more>>
Posted March 6, 2016.
|"Congratulations to Sue Basler, Ellen Bogner, Claudia Daniel, Patricia Jones, Michelle Bie Love, Jane Nelson, and Bonnie Schaefer! Each won the Chloe Ellefson mystery of their choice." more>>
Posted March 3, 2016.
|"The 7th Chloe Ellefson mystery, A Memory of Muskets, is in the publishing pipeline and available for preorder. I think it’s time for a Gratitude Giveaway! Seven winners will each receive..." more>>
Posted March 2, 2016.
|"After working for a year or more to write a manuscript, it’s always exciting to see the cover! Here’s the design for the 7th Chloe Ellefson mystery. And, here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside..." more>>
Posted February 17, 2016.
|"It’s been great fun to showcase the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites featured in Death on the Prairie: A Chloe Ellefson Mystery. There are also a few sites I wasn’t able to include (much as I wanted to)." more>>
Posted February 14, 2016.
|"I will admit that when my sister and I began planning visits to all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites, I was most excited to see the places I’d read about in Laura’s Little House books. That did not include Mansfield. After visiting? All I can say is that it is a very..." more>>
Posted February 12, 2016.
|"The Kansas prairie is the setting for Little House On The Prairie, the second book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House series. Today, fans can visit the site where the Ingalls family briefly made their home. Laura was only two when..." more>>
Posted February 5, 2016.
|"As I mentioned in my last post about De Smet, avid Laura Ingalls Wilder fans can easily spend more than a single day in the area. I suggest picking up a copy of the booklet “Explore De Smet,” a walking and driving guide to many of the sites mentioned in..." more>>
Posted January 28, 2016.
|"Happy 2016! I’m a bit behind because I’ve been working hard to meet a couple of deadlines. But I want to share some news about the coming year." more>>
Posted January 19, 2016.