How I Packed Up and Took Off to See the World

Check out the link to my essay on how I freed myself of extra baggage and took off traveling two years ago to find inspiration for my writing. Thank you Amy Oestreicher! "It doesn't matter if I am in a café in Phoenix, wrapped in blankets on a freezing night in the Sahara Desert, or …

Do Artists have a Responsibility to Society?

Inspiring view from my balcony, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. It is my opinion, as an artist, that we do not have a responsibility to society. We are not answerable to anyone other than ourselves. As artists our struggle is to be true to our own voices, not some else's. An artist shouldn't feel a burden or …

Interview about MY WORLD PROJECT

The Missing Slate, Interview with My World Project Founder Karen Hunt "For me, this is a way of life. It isn't a "cause," it isn't a "movement." I can't put some spin on it. There aren't any buzz words. It is how I choose to live, and I really can't help it. It is so …

HOW MY TRAVELS AND WORK WITH YOUTH AROUND THE WORLD INSPIRES NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES

FANTASY LITERATURE Expanded Universe article Inspired by my current travels to Sucre, Bolivia, where I am writing for two months Writing is never just about sitting down in front of a computer and obsessing about characters and stories. For me, writing is powerfully connected to my life experiences. And some of the most influential experiences I've had have been the …

TRAVELING THE HARD ROAD

I just received a phone call. "Governor Brown signed her release!" My heart soared. It was Silvia's sister, Veronica, telling me that after twenty years in prison, Silvia was going to be set free. I met Silvia in 1996, at Central Juvenile Hall, where she was awaiting her trial for a murder committed by her …

A RAINY WEEKEND IN SAN FRANCISCO

Last weekend I drove from Los Angeles up to San Francisco to visit my daughter and her boyfriend. It was rainy. I happen to love a rainy weekend by the sea. So cozy. So much atmosphere. I'm busy writing the second book in my Night Angels Chronicles, Book of Angels, so I assured my daughter, …

FIGHTING FEAR WITH LIGHT

Life is strange. Here I am in this beautiful place by the sea in Costa Rica, in a little outdoor restaurant, lights twinkling, the hypnotic sound of the waves, and I am at the same time watching on the news the carnage and suffering in Paris, and thinking next Friday I will be in Marrakech …