Welcome to our world of writing and painting!
November 2019, Surprise Arizona
Another one-person show at the WHAM Gallery in Surprise. This will feature at least thirty original paintings. The show begins on November 2 and opening reception is November 8. Among the special events that evening will be a speaker from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, in recognition of Taliesin as the inspiration of one series of paintings. Put it on your calendar!
August 2019, New York City
Dennis has scheduled a one-person show to open August 28 at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in the Chelsea Art District in Manhattan. The opening reception will be Sept 5 or 12, TBD. Please join us for the big night!
January 2019, Los Angeles
The LA Art Show, an immense affair at the LA Convention Center, was fabulous (70-,000 to 90,000 attendees). Dennis's paintings were at the Walter Wickiser Gallery booth, and we were there for most days of the show, seeing everything from the world's best paper, made in Japan to last 1,000 years, to the latest in virtual reality. It was such a pleasure to have my cousin, Ginny Nishigaya, come to see the show with her granddaughter, Alex, and a friend .
January 2019, Palm Springs, CA
The El Paseo art gallery district has some wonderful galleries. If you get there, be sure to see them.
November 2018, Providence, RI, for the HWA Conference
It was a great conference with many interesting fellow authors in attendance. I gave two presentations, one about techniques for improving one's writing style and the other about the immensity of change wrought by the Industrial Revolution. Understanding life before this change is essential to any writer of history or historical fiction. I loved doing the research for this presentation and look forward to giving it again.
June 2018: HWA Conference postponed until November
Quite a shock and scramble to rearrange things.
June 21: Art Gallery Opening
Linda arrived from Maine. Great to see her and have her join us for the opening. Our cousin, Stephanie Sauer, attended as well as Steve Ellis, Barbara's brother. We were honored to have Stuart Graff, President & CEO, and Danielle Segura, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It was a GREAT night!
June 20: Arrived in NYC for the opening of Dennis' show at the Walter Wickiser Gallery. It's in the Cheslea arts district in the middle of more than a hundred galleries.
April 2018: Invited to give TWO presentations at the Historical Writers Association. Working on the second one.
January, 2018: Invited to speak again at the Historical Writers Conference.
It's in Rhode Island in June. Working on a much improved presentation.
September 1836: speaking at the Historical Writers Conference
Nice to have an audience member tell me afterwards: "I could tell you were a teacher -- such an organized presentation!"
September 2017: Speaking at the Historical Writers Association Conference
Dennis and I are at the conference in Albuquerque and pitching to a few of the agents in attendance. One has asked to see 1836!
July 2018: Invited to speak at the Historical Writers Association Conference
Prepping a new presentation for the Historical Writers Association. It's in Albuquerque, NM. We will go early to Phoenix and drive over.
Best result of the Unicorn Writers Conference was meeting Thomas Moore, psychotherapist, former monk, and writer of many popular books, including the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul. He was a speaker, too, so we met at the pre-conference faculty dinner.
March 2017: Speaking at the Unicorn Writers Conference
One of the writers in my session interrupted me to say that I had really captured the spirit of Patrick O'Brian. Maybe the best compliment of my life!
March 2017: Speaking at the Unicorn Writers Conference
Just home from the conference in Purchase, NY, a suburb of NYC that editors can reach by train. Lots of editors in attendance, very interesting to learn more about how agents work. One NY agent loves 1836 and has taken it under consideration!
March 25, 2017: Speaking at the Unicorn Writers Conference
Just home from the conference in Purchase, NY, a suburb of NYC that editors can reach by train. Lots of editors in attendance. It was a thrill to meet Barbara Ellis in person, who has worked with me most of the year as an editor, and Jan Kardys, President of Black Hawk Literary Agency and founder of the Unicorn conference.
August 18, 2016
Still waiting, but in the meantime the book improving with a sort of writer's breakthrough about how to handle beginnings and more research into slavery in 19th Century America.
August 1, 2016
1836: A Land Too Fabulous is with a NYC agent -- its future is still up in the air.
June 9, 2016
I have been invited to speak at a writers' conference just outside New York City next spring. It should be lots of fun and a great place to meet writers, editors and agents. Wish me luck!
April 25, 2016
1836: A Land Too Fabulous is with an agent in Connecticut who is discussing it with an agent in NYC. What happens next? Who knows!?!
Titles and cover designs are chosen by the publisher. The author only suggests possible titles. So suggest away, my friends! Your title may win!
It began with a stroke of luck -- several important documents came down through my family. Besides, I love research. Having taught research methods to college students (including writing a book about it), I could go straight ahead without having to learn to do research.
Are you writing another book?
Yes! I have a sequel under way. It follows the family as the children grow up and make their way in the world.
A good guess might be 2017 or 2018. Keep your fingers crossed!