1. Tell us a bit about your family.
My father was a bigamist. He abandoned us when I was 11 years old. My mother died when I was 16.
2. What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m tenacious and refuse to give up. I am, also, very disciplined. Both traits serve me well as a writer.
3. What’s your weakest character trait?
I’m a perfectionist, which some may say is a good trait. However, I sometimes drive myself crazy with trying to get things right. I’m, also, a bit of an obsessive compulsive, which goes hand in hand with being a perfectionist. I, also, work too many long hours.
4. Why do you write?
I write because I must. When I take a vacation from writing after I’ve finished a new book, a week or two later I can physically feel the draw, like a tugging in my heart, an ache, to get back to my computer and write.
5. Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes. Writing to me is synonymous with breathing.
6. What writing are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of Return of the Bones. Given that the subject matter is unknown to most readers, I created a website with photos and links in the book. I, also, include videos and music. An audio book of Return of the Bones came out in September read by a professional actress and engineered by a sound master.
7. What are you most proud of in your personal life?
I triumphed over an impoverished upbringing, dysfunctional family, and other obstacles life threw in my way. Even though I was left parentless at the age of 16, I sometimes stumbled, but still managed to put myself though college, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics.
RETURN OF THE BONES has won BEST HISTORICAL FICTION for the 2013 NEW MEXICO / ARIZONA BOOK AWARDS!
A dazzling, family epic of love and forgiveness. Return of the Bones is a very special book inspired by a true story -- In 1915, 2,067 skeletons were stolen from the ghost pueblo of Pecos and transported to Harvard University for medical research...In present day and across the miles, the wind carries their cries to Grandfather who hears the bones longing for home.
Hollow-Woman and Grandfather are the last of the Pecos people, but Hollow-Woman is not interested in ancient skeletons. She works at an Indian casino and is of the modern ways, while Grandfather is a shaman and values tradition. She hopes the road trip will heal their broken hearts.
Grandfather fashions a magical dream catcher to help her "see" her ancestors' lives, and come to love the missing bones, as he does. While driving a ratty old pickup-camper, the cantankerous Grandfather and stubborn Hollow-Woman bicker from New Mexico to the Peabody Museum.
A glowing literary work, with religious undertones of the persecution of Native Americans by the Catholic Church's Spanish Inquisition. Return of the Bones pulses with emotion. The pages are filled with the comical way Grandfather looks at the world while embracing the heartbreak and spirituality of the Native American peoples.
You may know these famous bones on which landmark studies proved that exercise prevents osteoporosis!
Did you know that President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, dug up Geronimo's grave and stole his skull to be used as initiation into the Skull and Bones Society at Yale?
Genre - Historical fiction
Rating – PG
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