Weekly Quotation
September 24 - 30, 2023

September is National
Library Card Sign-up Month !

“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”
~Ray Bradbury [1920 – 2012], American fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction author

“When I got a library card was when my life began.”
~Rita Mae Brown, [1944 - ], American feminist pioneer, civil/gay rights champion, screenplay writer, poet, and author of a multitude of mysteries and novels

“I always imagined paradise to be a sort of library.”
~Jorge Luis Borges [1899 - 1986], Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet, translator, and author


What's New
A Little Bit of Ancestry Genealogy

I dipped my toe into the pond of DNA and Genealogy - and fell in headfirst all the way to the bottom of the ocean! I found a whole lot of stuff about my forbears. Because I descend from Sir Jerome Weston (1550-1603) who was a Knight of the Realm, High Sheriff of Essex, and Judge of Common Pleas, it turns out Elizabeth II, former Queen of England, is my 11th cousin/once removed. Whoa . . . . who knew!?

I have known for years that aviation's darlings, the Wright Brothers, were my first cousins/4x removed, but who knew that Lucille Ball is my 10th cousin, Rosa Parks is my 12th cousin/1xremoved, and Babe Ruth is my 10th cousin/3x removed! (A Visionary, a Fighter, and a Slugger.)

Alas, Shakespeare does not fall into the equation. But Charles Dickens is 8th cousin/6x removed and Jane Austen is 9th cousin/5x removed. I couldn't find out about Virginia Woolf, but she was so depressed and killed herself, so although her writing was amazing, she is not a very good example for me.

Susan B. Anthony is 6th cousin/5x removed, John Wayne is 10th/1x, Muhammad Ali is 9th/1x, and Elvis 8th/1x. Even Abraham Lincoln is in my bloodline: 6th cousin/5x removed, and George Washington (no wonder I have bad teeth!) is a 2nd cousin/10x removed.

How fascinating to learn I have common ancestors with so many people who made history. And following along with the fact that my DNA shows no Asian, Native American or any American blood, it's fascinating that some of my ancestors brought important Black figures into this world and I am tangentially related to them. Wow.

Mind = Blown. Officially!


UPDATE: At long last, all of these website pages seem to be up and working. Whew! If anyone sees anything that's off or goobered up, please let me know! ;-)

PREVIOUS MESSAGE: This main page ought to be okay (though some graphics might not show up right now), but for a short while, most of the embedded links and other page links will take some time to set up. I'll be migrating everything to a new host as fast as I can, and I appreciate your patience! And please wish me luck ! ;-)

Author Q&A with Lori L. Lake and Barbara Lynn Murphy

I got a chance to read from Adventures Unlimited and listen to Barbara Lynn Murphy read from her debut book, Two Lives, One Heart. We had a rockin' good conversation with our interviewer Jazzy Mitchell. You can listen to it here:


Readings and a Book Fair on April 23!

Please join us for an afternoon of fun
on Sunday April 23 at 2:00pm
at Taborspace in Portland, Oregon!

The 2023 Alice B Awards were announced today!

I really *love* being a part of this process! The Alice B Readers Committee has now awarded medals and the honorarium to six dozen authors writing lesbian-themed literature. Click here to see the list of all who have been honored. Today the 2023 winners were announced. Congratulations to Georgia Beers, Abigail Padgett, and Lee Winter!

Launch Point Press is Changing Hands

After over eight years of helming Launch Point Press (LPP), it’s time now to hand it over to new owners who will be able to take it to the next level. I’ve inked a deal with Jodi and Peggy Zeramby. (Jodi writes under the pen name Jazzy Mitchell.) Effective Jan 1, 2023, Jodi and Peggy will assume publishing duties for LPP.

My books and I will stay on as a part of the press, and this change will allow me to get back to my own writing. Since Jodi and Peggy live near me, we’ll be able to collaborate in making a smooth transition for the dozen authors and their published and forthcoming work. I’ll also stay involved as a consultant and resource for the new setup. LPP has been a wonderful learning opportunity, and I’m delighted Jodi and Peggy are the new publishers because their integrity, energy, and competence are stellar. Please join me in welcoming them to the helm!

Jodi (R) with me at Taborspace, Portland, Oregon, before the Pandemic

A Great Time Was Had By All

Front Row/Left: Sandra de Helen and our crack team of Raffle Professionals, Drake & Katie; Back Row/Right: Jazzy Mitchell, Jessie Chandler, Judy Kerr, MB Panichi, Linda Vogt, Aliya Bree Hall, and Lori L. Lake.

The event yesterday at Taborspace put on by Literary Lesbians Present! was fantastic. Our readers: Jazzy Mitchell, Aliya Bree Hall, Sandra de Helen, Jessie Chandler, MB Panichi, and Judy Kerr were terrific. Looking forward to the next event sometime in February.

Updated 9/21/21
FINALLY! An event!

Please join us for an afternoon of fun in October!

New Books Returning


I'm delighted to report that little by little, all my print books are coming back into print! The ebooks have always been available, but over the years so many people have told me they wanted the physical copy!

Here are four of the new versions, re-edited, reformatted, and with new covers. I hope you like them!


GO HERE to see all my books.

Updated 7/17/21

CA Farlow and I got the opportunity to interview Edith Zeitlberger about her new book, FRACTURES & HINGES.

CLICK HERE to see the podcast!

There are many fantasic reviews at The Booklover's Companion. Check out all the terrific author discussions and appearances here.

New Glasses

Along with getting new glasses (now that my right eye is healing!), I have been cutting my hair all by myself since Covid hit, and I do believe I'm doing pretty well! The first time I accidently ran the clippers up the back of my head and balded myself! I tried to "even it out" and ruined the whole back of my noggin. Fortunately, my hair grows fast, but I was still forced to deal with wearing a cap for close to three weeks. By the third attempt, I had it down, and I do believe I will continue to do it even after the pandemic is over. That's $20-30 bucks I could be spending on books instead!

One of my favorite people on the planet and a great mystery writer, Ellen Hart, with me at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis

Lee Lynch talks with me in THE ADVOCATE on "Lesbian Mystery, Police Raids, and Fairy Godmothers"
I had the great honor of doing an Advocate conversation with award-winning GCLS Trailblazer Lee Lynch.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

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A.J. Llewellyn at Dark Diva's Blog did an extensive interview with me. CLICK HERE to find out all my deep dark secrets. The interview shows up on the March 4 entry, and you will have to scroll down through a couple other interviews to get to it..

VIDEO INTERVIEW - With Jody Seay, the amazing interviewer at Oregon PBS's "Back Page" program, who sat down and talked to me for her weekly TV program with Pacific NW writers

CLICK HERE - for the interview with author Jae who has written so many wonderful novels

CLICK HERE to read an interesting discussion in the "Spotlight Interview" section that the gals at Ylva have been doing. Astrid Ohletz is a terrific interviewer!

Earl Kemp's online 'zine, eI, has featured a memoir piece I wrote called "There is No Reason Not To Trust that the Act of Writing Will Be Enough."
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MYSTERICAL-E featured a long interview with me about writing, creativity, book themes, etc. There are several great stories featured in this issue as well as other podcasts and interviews by a variety of terrific authors.

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