• J.A. Jance Garden Patio, Author J.A. Jance Imagined a Colorful Epic Garden, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2021/06/04/j-a-jance-garden/(opens in a new tab) #JAJance #garden #plants #gardening #Ovid #myth #thriller #author #books #poetry

    Author J.A. Jance Imagined a Colorful Epic Garden

    You know I love visiting gardens so when thriller author J. A. Jance invited me to tour her Seattle-area garden, I jumped at the chance. It’s a wonderfully imagined colorful space inspired by an epic poem by C. Day-Lewis. Jance fell in love with the poem decades ago at a…

  • Woman Writing, The Importance of Writer Tribes in a Creative's Life, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/06/03/writer-tribes/ #writing #writers #writerslife #writertribes #writinggroups #solitarylife #craft #books #fiction

    The Importance of Writer Tribes in a Creative’s Life

    I’ve been thinking a lot about tribes and how important they are in a writer’s life. Writers are often solitary beings so joining a group, any kind of group, can be stressful and intimidating. We writers write because writing is easier than interacting. Not for everyone, I know, but it’s…

  • Death at La Fenice novel, Donna Leon, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #novel #books #DonnaLeon #policeprocedurals #mystery

    An Escape to Italy with Donna Leon

    What author do you turn to for predictability? For a story that’s not too unlike one the author wrote previously? Perhaps, it’s a fantasy series set in a particular world (a la George R.R. Martin) or a mystery series featuring the same protagonist (a la Agatha Christie). It might even…

  • Woods, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #woods #trees

    Being Honest About What My Writing Actually Is

    This weekend I did something strange and bold. In fact, I’m still vibrating about its aftereffects. I can’t quite wrap my mind around what I did. Somehow it feels wrong but then again, it feels pure and more right than ever. On Friday, I spoke with an established writer who…