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White houses of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

Me and Mary Stewart

I read a lot of Mary Stewart books when I was growing up, around the age of twelve. Recently I’ve been re-reading a couple of them, and I’m just now realizing the extent of the influence¬†she had on my writing. She wrote mystery/thrillers with a romantic element, and richly-described, often exotic, locations.

Whether because I just hadn’t experienced as much, or because my imagination was more active and open when I was a teenager, books, movies, and music from that time had a much bigger impact on me than they do now. I’m guessing that’s pretty normal. I knew that Mary Stewart’s books set in Greece (My Brother Michael, The Moonspinners, This Rough Magic) made me really want to visit Greece, which I finally got to do in 2013. I’ve included a couple pictures from that trip. Continue reading Me and Mary Stewart

On Location: Mali

Map of Mali
Map of Mali, showing the Niger River.

I love to use different locations in my writing. Some are places I’ve been, and some are places I wish I could go. A major location in my current book-in-progress is Mali. Mali is a country in West Africa, whose northern half lies in the Sahara Desert, and is home to the fabled Timbuktu. The Niger River runs through Mali from the south, through the capital city Bamako, up through Timbuktu and then east through the northern city of Gao, then into neighboring Niger. Continue reading On Location: Mali