Jim Benning on Travel Narrative

Here’s part of an audio interview I conducted with Jim Benning, travel writer and Deputy Travel Editor at BBC.com. Jim tells me what he looks for in travel narratives. Jim also discusses how he develops a narrative arc in his own work — for example, in writing...

Tom Wilmer Interviews Laurie McAndish King for NPR

Join us on Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, the Lowell Thomas Award winning podcast featured weekly on NPR.org. Tom visits with acclaimed travel journalist, Laurie McAndish King as she talks about her new book, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive and reads selected...

Jane Goodall, Champion of Chimps

“In the early days, the chimps ran away every time they saw me—they had never seen a white ape before.” —Jane Goodall  Dr. Jane Goodall, who in her twenties left the comforts of her home in England to live in Africa and study wild animals, was one of my childhood...

Silk from Ashes featured on ePublish Yourself!

I’m excited to announce that Travel Stories from Around the Globe is featured in the current issue of ePublish Yourself!, a guide for “independent authors, publishers, and other creatives to success in the epublishing world.” The ePublish Yourself!...

Kelly Corrigan on Glitter and Glue

Kelly Corrigan has survived breast cancer, helped raise more than $4,000,000 for Oakland’s Children’s Hospital and Research Center, and has her own page on Wikipedia. She authored a YouTube video that went viral, and has written three New York Times bestselling...

I Take to the Waves for Valentine’s Day

The airwaves, that is. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Jonathan Taylor and I had a wide-ranging pre-Valentine’s Day conversation on “Lilycat on Stuff” FCC-free radio. The show begins with one of my favorite songs, Tom Waits’ “Blind Love,”...

Paris Takes London—1st place!

I’m excited to announce that the travel anthology Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, has just been awarded first place in its category at the London Book Festival! Three of my best stories are included in the anthology.

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Smithsonian magazine is still using my frog image—several years after they awarded it with the first place prize in its category in their international photo contest. I’m still so thrilled that they chose it!

Alliance Francaise on December 12—Hope to See You There

Please join me and other contributors to the anthology Wandering in Paris, as we read selections of this new release from Wanderland Writers. We’ll be at Alliance Francaise in San Francisco on Thursday, December 12

Join me in Montclair for Paris reading—November 22

Please join me and other contributors to the anthology Wandering in Paris, as we read selections of this new release from Wanderland Writers. We’ll be at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland on Friday, November 22, at 7:00. A Great Good Place for Books is in...

Southeast Alaska on the Island Spirit

We’re just back from a two-week adventure in southeast Alaska, and have published this photojournal (120 pages, full color, perfect-bound) to share what we discovered. You can see the entire book online by clicking here and then clicking on the...

Author readings — Wandering in Paris

Please join me and other contributors to the anthology Wandering in Paris, as we read selections of this excellent new release from Wanderland Writers. I haven’t decided which story I’ll read from, but it will be one of these: French Kiss: In which I...

Self-Publishing for Authors

I’ll be participating on a panel about self-publishing at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference on Friday, July 26th, 2013. Other panelists are: Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author, writing instructor, mentor to many, and founder of Left Coast Writers....

Apulia, Italy

Discover Italy’s newest “it” destination, including Apulia’s healthful and delicious culinary and spa traditions, charming “trulli” homes, historic castles, world-class wines, olive oils, and hand-made ceramics, idyllic hilltop...

Madeleine Albright on Moral Complexity

Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter is an exploration of the moral complexities faced by her parents and their generation during WWII. That literary structure—which puts the personal within an historical context and demonstrates how each influences the other—makes the book a fascinating read.