A Matter of Character

I’ve been told by credible critics and experienced editors that I have a gift for creating colorful characters.  My journey is in perfecting the ability to craft their journeys. One of my characters is a pressed and polished wealthy white male who wears hats as a barrier against the voices of evil spirits. Another is…

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My bad! The registration link for Bubbles, Bites & Bits!

Wisdom sharing and bonding with wine!  And I hope to see you. Join us at Four Embarcadero, Floor 17, April 11th beginning at 5:30 pm for Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom. Here’s a link to register: https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5c5ccfdf4785d36a894190f0    

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Bits of Wisdom, Laughter (and Champagne) from Me in San Fran

Have you ever been a naysayer magnet? I have. I collected fear-based, unsolicited, negative commentary for decades.  And then… I shut them out and found my own unique life path.  San Francisco Bay Area friends I hope to see you at Bubbles, Bites & Bits of Wisdom, Thursday, April 11th for real talk. My story…

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I will be signing books in Houston April 2nd!

For many years I lived a lot of life in Houston, Texas and met great people like Lloyd Gite, former Fox reporter.  Lloyd is now the owner of one of Houston’s premier art galleries. He is hosting a book signing and happy hour and I can’t wait! It will be Tuesday, April 2nd from 5:00-7:30…

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Why the title, Orchids and Omens?

….So I used this beautiful symbol of deceit for my next murder mystery Orchids can fool by mimicking characteristics of other flowers which do give rewards. Some produce look-alike nectar spurs that contain no nectar, or by aping the sexual hormones of insects. And many species have evolved multiple fake lures. The lazy spider orchid…

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What’s at the Center of the Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis Mysteries?

Me. Sarah is a younger, more single, non-parent, non-grandparent version of me. She’s smarter, wealthier, but as conflicted as I am, much of the time. Our Creole parents loved California, but held to their south Louisiana culture, in traditions, food and language. This made us odd ducks, even in Berkeley. My mother’s mixed-race look, my…

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Don’t tell that evil uncle off… It’s Christmas!

Holidays can bring up old wounds or resentments. It’s like the movie, Home for the Holidays. https://youtu.be/vEguAZ0RqnQ But not funny when it’s you. Sometimes the togetherness is too much.  Too many personal questions and too many people. And don’t wake up the pressure to have the perfect holiday food, table, tree, events… you get me. Maybe…

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Mama’s Dress Hanger

        She was part of the generation of special things like Sunday cars and the good china. My mother treasured a few items and rarely used those. The living room was not for living, but for special guests and furniture to admire. As a child, I couldn’t fully understand the assigned value…

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