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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Travel Story that Inspired a Thriller

Back in 2014, my daughter and I went on a travel adventure throughout China that took us from Beijing to Shanghai, Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. We saw everything from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to The Terracotta Warriors and West Lake.

With the help of daily note-taking and journaling from Nicole, I wrote a travel story that detailed the weeks we spent in China. Smaller nuggets rewritten from that longer story have appeared in places like Baltimore Style Magazine, Go World Travel, and Go Nomad. Now, inTravel Magazine is publishing the entire travelogue in a series.

Check out part one now—enjoy the adventures, and the photos, and consider rating it with the click of the mouse. (The best rated story of each month gets a bonus.) 

Enjoy “Fortunate Cookies: A Father-Daughter Adventure Through China

Part 1: Beijing and the Great Wall” in inTravel Magazine at the link below.




Tuesday, February 16, 2021

“Evening Stroll” published in Contrapuntos VIII


California’s Digitus Indie Publishing is publishing my story, “Evening Stroll,” in the literary anthology, Contrapuntos VIII.

The anthology will be available both in print and online, includes work in English and Spanish, and is guest edited by Ángel M. Rañales Pérez.

Previously, in 2016, my story “Getting Ahead” was published in Contrapuntos IV.

Learn more at http://www.digitusindie.com

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Animal Pandemic as Metaphor

A literary journal editor recently accepted an excerpt from Setting the Family Free for publication and made an unexpected comment. When local authorities in my novel warn people to stay indoors and avoid going out, it was seen as a metaphor for our current COVID situation. Of course, Setting the Family Free was written well before any thoughts of a pandemic, focused solely on the release of dangerous animals. But an interesting insight.


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Monday, February 01, 2021

WBJC BookNotes on The Color of Jadeite


On the first Friday and Saturday of each month, Baltimore’s classical music station, 91.5 FM, WBJC, airs BookNotes, an interview series by Judith Krummeck devoted to books.


Judith was kind enough to host me for February’s BookNotes. Tune in at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, February 5 or 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 6 to hear my conversation with Judith about writing, traveling, and The Color of Jadeite.


Or, listen online at