They called her the Hellfire Witch of St. Louis. They said she had the Evil Eye and accused her of murder. Only she knew what was really happening…
Schrodinger was a sick puppy. If you really look at his experiment, it's very disturbing. In fact, if you stop to look at it in detail, you'll find a number of things that the common public gets wrong about it. 1. That cat's gonna die. There's no getting around it, the cat is going to... Continue Reading →
Let me tell you all a story about a man named Jed. ... But I'll tell you, the ending isn't what I expected.
This was fun! I was interviewed by AllAuthor.com and got to talk about my childhood, my geeky computer habits, and more. https://allauthor.com/interview/vanginkel/
Catch my author interview for a look at the highs and lows of writing and publishing, plus the people who inspired me.
My sister, Brenda, was featured on the podcast "Last Letters," episode "Unconditional Love." I'm so proud of her!
My uncle nearly died in a bomb explosion during WWII. What's odd about that is that he was in Iowa at the time.
Kindergarten wouldn't have been so scary if I'd gotten the answer right to this one simple question ...
I assumed I could get away with writing my villain's speech based on what I THOUGHT German people sounded like in the movies. I was wrong.
I lost my mother very suddenly this summer to a cancer we didn't know she had. I've been reeling from that all year. I thought I'd run the gamut of emotions already. I went through shock, grief, anger, and deep depression. I've spent countless hours discussing it with my sisters, debating whether it was better... Continue Reading →
Have you ever finished a novel and immediately wanted to re-read it so you can see each character in a new light?
I think every unpublished author is seeking the magic formula to a winning query letter. I discovered mine by accident ...
Coldplay makes me sick. I'm not being mean. I'm not saying that I dislike the band or that I'm unhappy with their music. I am saying that every song they have ever released flat-out makes me nauseated. Here's a scenario: I'll be driving along on a beautiful summer's day, feeling fine. Then without warning I... Continue Reading →
Christmas cookies always makes me think of my grandmother. I know that probably conjures an image of a sweet little old lady baking a single batch of chocolate chips. But what I remember most is not the warm oven in a cozy kitchen, but the staggering output she managed. Grandma baked cookies not by the dozen... Continue Reading →
In all of my years of attending church, there are two sermons that always stayed with me, and both were given by my father. Dad wasn't your usual minister. Though he was well-versed in the Bible, he rarely quoted scripture and never used it to win an argument. He never tried to convert anybody. In... Continue Reading →
I'm guessing my nephew is the only child who ever intentionally gave himself a speech impediment to win an argument.
BBC America recently made a t.v. series out of "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency." Though most people my age have heard of Douglas Adams's more popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," it surprises me how few people know Dirk Gently. Maybe I shouldn't call it a series, since there were only 2 books and... Continue Reading →
When I was little, I thought my grandpa had installed an advanced navigational system in his car. This was crazy, as it was the 70's. Not only did we not have computers, we didn't even have LED screens. Heck, even the radio was a twist-dial that only got AM! Nevertheless, when GPS was developed a... Continue Reading →
This recommendation is for my writer friends, particularly anyone considering collaborating on a novel. "Heads You Lose" by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward is one of those 'experiment' books that are increasingly common in the mystery genre. Each author alternates chapters so you get both male & female writing styles. For this book, they opted... Continue Reading →
A new entry in my “Books I Can’t Stop Talking About” Series: The Art of Crash Landing, by Melissa DeCarlo. The hero, Mattie Wallace, is mean, selfish, foul-mouthed, utterly lacking in morals ... and impossible not to love. Broke and homeless, recently single and unexpectedly pregnant, she winds up in her mother's hometown. It's a... Continue Reading →
Trivia question: Name the town on American soil that the Japanese occupied for almost a year during World War II. Yeah, I'd never heard of this one, either. The answer is Attu, Alaska, the western-most point of America, so far off the mainland that it's hard to believe it's really part of America. They have to seriously bend the... Continue Reading →
I've never shared this with anyone, but when I was very young I had some strange, intense, and oddly complicated dreams. I still remember most of them, but one from when I was 4 stands out as by far the most trippy. It started with me "waking up" in a different universe. Everyone around me... Continue Reading →
For some reason, I always thought the Von Trapps were part of the Donner Party. I'd never watched The Sound of Music, so I had no idea those children were the Von Trapps. I also, inexplicably, thought the musical was about a happy-go-lucky German family during WWII. Rest assured, my family is never going to... Continue Reading →
A new entry in my "Books I Can't Stop Talking About" Series: Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored by Philippe Georget (translated by Steven Rendall) It's rare to find a book translated to English that plays so lightly with the language. Seriously, I'm so crazy about the writing style here that I want to chase... Continue Reading →