I’m excited to share the new cover for my short novel, Song of the Tree Hollow! Designer Jessica Dionne Abouelela, who did the alluring cover for The Forgetting Flower, created this one and did an amazing job! Check out that dark hollow, check out the star dust, check out the magic!
To celebrate, I’m offering Song of the Tree Hollow as a free ebook to anyone who signs up for my monthly digest, A Vine of Ideas. To subscribe, click here. Hooray!
September / October, 2019
As I wrote in a previous post, September and October were busy months for talking about The Forgetting Flower. Here are some of the interviews, essays, podcasts, and a television show I was involved with:
I answered questions about my critique partner relationship with the sci-fi writer Natasha Oliver for the book Finders Keepers: A Practical Approach to Find and Keep Your Writing Critique Partner! It’s due out in early December.
Next, I spoke with Michigan radio master, Tom Sumner for his show on October 3rd. We talked about The Forgetting Flower, the ideas behind it, my work with plants, life in Paris, writing thrillers, and more. To listen, click here.
I did another print interview with my fellow Goddard grad and friend, Roxana Arama for her site Rewriting History. We really clicked about The Forgetting Flower, touching on ideas of memory and forgetting, plants and scent, immigration and the working class. It was a wonderfully profound interview.
Finally, I did a television interview for New Day Northwest! This morning show is a Seattle institution. I talked about spooky houseplants to decorate a Halloween home. Plus, we touched on The Forgetting Flower. Click here to watch.
I put my thoughts about being named Karen, now a viral label for a nasty woman, in an essay called When Your Name Becomes a Meme, which Thrive Global published.
I published a short article on spooky houseplants for Garden Center Magazine. It was a fun piece about creepy plants.
I spoke with the lovely G.P. Gottlieb about The Forgetting Flower on the New Books Podcast. You can check out the interview here.
Author Suanne Schafer and I chatted about an abundance of topics in an interview on her website: why I put plants in a thriller, how cancer has shaped my life, my favorite authors, writing advice, and even more. It was a lot of fun.
Also, I did an interesting interview with Amy Long of Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. We talked about how drugs and addiction are woven into The Forgetting Flower.
Wanted to share an interview I did with author Melissa Woods. Woods is a talented, prolific writer in her own right and we talked about The Forgetting Flower, the writing life, the diversity of Paris, and my next book.
Also, here’s a recent review from author Nicole Rubino. It’s brilliant. I love Nicole’s take on The Forgetting Flower because she totally understood the book in the way I aimed for. Here’s Paris Is Always a Good Idea.
This month I’m giving away The Forgetting Flower T-shirts to any new newsletter subscribers. They’re 100% cotton and good for working in the garden! Click here to SUBSCRIBE.
Also, I’ll be at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington on Saturday evening, June 22nd, 2019, at 6pm. I plan to read an excerpt from The Forgetting Flower and hang out with everyone afterward.
There are a few wildflower seed packets left for those who preordered The Forgetting Flower. Just CLICK HERE and send along your info.
Hey everyone, the cover for my novel, The Forgetting Flower, has been revealed and preorders are open! As of April 1st, 2019, they’re only available on Amazon, but that will soon broaden to include other sites. The paperbacks are coming soon. And I’ll be posting a form by April 6th so everyone can put in their info and get the Renee’s Garden seed packet of wildflower seeds to help bees!
I’m thrilled to announce that on the day the preorders of The Forgetting Flower open, I will be giving away wildflower seed packets with every preorder! I’m excited because I’m working with Renee’s Garden, a company that sells organic, heirloom, non-GMO seeds, and the packets contain plants that help bees thrive. As you may know, our bees are dying off from pesticide overuse. And we need them. I wrote about how you can help in a recent post and now it will be even easier!
The first 25 people to preorder my novel will receive the ‘Early Blooming Beekeeper’s Mix’ of seeds. You can sprinkle them in your garden or grow in a container on a balcony!
I’ll be posting more information about when my pre-orders open soon! And on that day, my cover will be revealed too! I’m excited to share them both with you!
The Forgetting Flower
I’m excited to announce that Magnolia Press will be publishing The Forgetting Flower in 2019! This is a literary thriller that’s somewhere between Garden Spells and a Cara Black novel.
Here’s the summary: Renia Baranczka is living the life she always hoped for in Paris. She manages a chic plant shop though her rarest plant is locked away and not for sale. Its flowers emit a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory. She can’t just destroy it, she promised her mentally unstable sister she wouldn’t. But one day, when Renia’s favorite client turns up dead, she realizes the plant may be more dangerous than she thought and without her client’s business, the shop can no longer stay afloat. So when a shady character from her past appears with a nefarious proposal, Renia does what she’d pledged she’d never do: sell the flowers for cash. As Renia navigates the underworld of blackmarket mobsters, she must fend off unwanted advances, physical abuse, and intimidating threats until finally, she must fight not only to save the plant, but her sister, and ultimately, herself.
On November 12th, 2018, a year after my cat Maddie died and was revived by a vet, I published Song of the Tree Hollow. This is a short literary mystery inspired by Maddie’s experience. It walks the line of a cozy with cats, gardening, a woman sleuth, and music at its heart. This story is set in Seattle but future books in the Verdant Souls series will take place in France and Italy.
You can order it as an ebook or physical book, HERE.
When I adopted my kids several years ago, I spent two months living in Poland. Kraków was my favorite city. It’s beautiful and historical. My post, 5 Reasons Why I Love Krakow, is now live on The Globetrotting Gal. This is a comprehensive travel blog with an amazing amount of information. Founder Samira has been to 32 countries and six continents.
The talented Christi R. Suzanne interviewed me recently for her writing blog. We both write speculative fiction and both live in the Northwest. We talked about plants, books, and weird Polish literature. You can read the Q & A here.
In April, I had a fun time writing a post for Sue Vincent’s blog, Daily Echo. The Daily Echo is an inspirational blog for readers and writers. There are poems, articles, and writing prompts. Sue has published mystery books and nonfiction on ancient myths. My article, “The Unexpected Love of a Stray Cat,” is about how we adopted our cat Aleksy. Or rather, how he adopted us. You can read the article here.
My post “Ten Trees and Shrubs for Small City Gardens” is on the Swanson’s Nursery website. Swanson’s Nursery is a dreamy plant nursery on Seattle’s north side. They sell trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses. They also have a cozy cafe that’s nestled among tropical plants and a large selection of pottery. You can read my article here.
On the Ledge
In March, I had a lovely time speaking with UK gardening expert Jane Perrone on how to keep your plants safe from cats and how to keep cats safe from plants. Now Jane’s and my chat is live on her podcast, On the Ledge. Jane was the longtime gardening editor at The Guardian and now writes for such publications as The Garden Design Journal and others. To hear the interview, click here.
For more background on the issue, see my earlier post How Cats and Plants Can Live Together.
Back to My Garden
I had a fun conversation with Dave Ledoux on the podcast “Back to My Garden.” Dave interviews dozens of gardening lovers every year and has a huge archive on his website. We talked about everything from the challenges of gardening in rainy, hilly Seattle to the frustrations of having moles in the garden. Click here to listen to the interview.
Awhile back, I talked about gardening and designing small spaces with Seattle Met magazine. We covered best plant choices for tight spaces, summer watering, and why having a patch of nature is so important for city dwellers. Read the article.
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When is the 2nd book of verdant soul series due to be released?
Thanks for the question! I’ve been working on the follow up to The Forgetting Flower these last several months, which I just turned in to my publisher, so I aim to get the next Verdant Souls book out by early 2021. If you’re interested in getting a notice when it’s ready, you can sign up for A Vine of Ideas in the right column of the website. Stay well, cheers!