When Interviews Get Personal

After I said “yes” to an interview with the amazing Sarah Elkins—podcaster, consultant, and author of Your Stories Don’t Define You. How You Tell Them Will, we dug deep . . . about themes in my novel Sugar Birds, on how my childhood shows up there, and on how our chosen responses to trauma—and other forms of adversity—shape our lives.

Have a listen HERE, then leave a comment below or write me HERE, would you? I’d love to hear YOUR story—and learn how your response to difficulty has defined YOU.


AND . . . since I visited family in NJ this week, here are a few shots from opposite coasts, posted over the last few days:

Tree killer.

Sitting on our son & DIL’s deck in NJ on a sunny afternoon when a creature I’d never seen before stopped by: a beauty, right? —& it sucks the life right out of trees and important food crops. Newly arrived in the USA from China in 2014, when, supposedly, eggs on an imported rock went undetected.


If you see one, whack it.


When dawn is a choir.

(Church Mountain sunrise, North Cascades)


Happiness with fur. 🧡

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

—Psalm 16:11


1949 Packard Clipper.


Good to be with you, friends. So glad you stopped by.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks.


Get your personalized/signed copy of Sugar Birds HERE.

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

6 thoughts on “When Interviews Get Personal

      1. I cannot wait to read your book! Aggie has so much of me, little lost girl hiding. Thank you for being so gently brave in recalling your childhood in the interview. Also, thanks for introducing me to this podcast. I’ve ordered this book as well.

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