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Diversity and the White Writer

As the dust storm of controversy swirls around American Dirt, I just returned from Vietnam where I spent weeks researching a novel I’m writing. I am not Vietnamese. I’m as white as

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The Decade in Pictures

The decade started with a tumultuous but ultimately glorious life change—a betrayal and divorce. I regained my home, my life, and my freedom. I discovered that I have the best

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Let’s Get Baked

My friends always know when I have writer’s block because there’s usually a sudden explosion of baking around my house. I’m plotting my next book and it’s not going well,

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The Things We Keep Hidden

When I started writing The Oysterville Sewing Circle, I never dreamed the topic would go viral, almost overnight. My writing and research began before the watershed moment when Ronan Farrow

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