food :: fiction :: fun

July 26, 2017 | Leave a comment

“There are certain journeys you make in your lifetime that stick with you always. You remember the feel of the air on your skin, the quality of the light, the food you ate, the smells that wafted in the air. Most of all, you remember how you felt about the person you were with. And how you felt about yourself.”

When I wrote those lines in Map of the Heart, I was taking notes during a memorable meal at an outdoor cafe at the harbor of Cassis in the south of France. A terrific storm was raging, and I was grateful for the delicious, comforting gratinee and local wine.

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Comfort food is a perfect pairing with stormy weather, no?

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All this by way of saying that you should come and have lunch or dinner with me.

On August 13, the Inn at Port Ludlow is offering an early release of Map of the Heart with a cocktail reception and 5-course Provence-themed dinner.

Date: 13 August 2017 :: 6pm
Location: The Inn At Port Ludlow
One Heron Road
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
Toll Free: 877-805-0868
Phone: 360-437-7000
Email: [email protected]
Event link: and enter Package ID HEART to get the best available rate.
We’re planning a themed Provence-inspired dinner with wine pairings, an incredible giveaway, an overnight option, a multimedia book talk, and more! All this comes with an autographed book and a free bonus author!

You can also join me on August 22 in my hometown at my favorite restaurant, Restaurant Marche, hosted by the best chef on the west coast.

Location: Restaurant Marche


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Or what about Austin, Texas on August 24? A lakeside spa? YES, PLEASE.

Location: Lake Austin Spa and Resort, 1705 S. Quinlan Park, Rd,
Austin, TX 78732


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The publication of a new book is a cause for celebration chez Wiggs. I would love to meet you! Cheers!

#books #reading #FrenchCuisine #FindYourWayHome



every girl deserves her dream :: malala

July 13, 2017 | Leave a comment

Everyone–every girl–deserves to follow her own path. Malala’s “Girl Power” birthday tour took her to Iraq.

Please take a few minutes to listen to this moving piece, especially at the 3-minute mark: Malala in Iraq

From a young women in the audience: “She took her brother’s books and she studied and studied…” When told as a young teenager that she had to get married, the girl said, “I told them ‘no’…I have my dream, I have my hope, I will go to American university and be a WRITER.”

Girl Power

That’s me at age 17 with a broken leg but dreams intact.

When you articulate your dream in such a strong, clear voice, you’re helping to make it come true.

When was the last time you declared your dream in a strong, clear voice?

#ShePersisted #GirlPower #Malala #EducationMatters #OwnTheDream