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THE MOSAIC OF HUMANITY

  THE MOSAIC OF HUMANITY     When I was a teen, my artistic mother created a mosaic on the powder room wall: three gracious sisters in Grecian robes scooping water from a rush-lined river. Mom sketched the outline, selected the ceramic tiles for colour, snipped them to fit, and grouted the pieces into the […]

THE LAIRD ESTATE

THE LAIRD ESTATE It’s amazing to me how the geographical setting of a novel I’m writing can birth its way into my brain, almost convincing me it actually exists. In The Red Journal (just published last week), a mansion museum is the setting for much of the action. While I was imagining and plotting this aspect, I really needed […]

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THE RED JOURNAL

IT IS COMING! My latest novel, THE RED JOURNAL, will be launched on October 2, 2019, but between now and then you can pre-order the ebook version for only $.99 (in real money). Readers have already been commenting on the story: A remarkable wordsmith, Elkink weaves a vivid portrayal of the quest of two strikingly different women […]

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JOHNNIE ALEXANDER

GRAPEVINE GRAPE BUNCH (acrylic on canvas) by Lorenda Harder My Interview with Author JOHNNIE ALEXANDER  I just read a terrific novel, Where Treasure Hides, and I tracked down author Johnnie Alexander (a fellow Mosaic Collection author) at home in Oklahoma to chat about her life and writing. DEB: Thanks for joining me today, Johnnie. You’ve published quite a few books, […]

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: STACY MONSON

GRAPEVINE GRAPE BUNCH (acrylic on canvas) by Lorenda Harder My Interview with Author STACY MONSON  I’d like to introduce you to award-winning novelist Stacy Monson, who resides in the Twin Cities and is part of Mosaic Collection, the international author’s group I recently joined. Her contemporary, faith-based stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary […]

PERFECT COMMUNION

  PERFECT COMMUNION   (Andrei Rublev, 15th century Russia) I love to sew. My latest wardrobe addition is a calf-length street kimono of black burn-out silk velvet brilliant with peacocks and flowers. It is striking, if I say so myself, and garners compliments from all my friends. Not that I made it for their approval; […]

WIN A COPY

WIN YOUR SIGNED COPY! I can’t believe it’s been five years since my debut novel was published, and to celebrate I’m giving away THREE postage-paid, signed copies (with gold-foil award seal) to readers who most creatively answer (at “Leave a Reply” below) the following question: If you were going to Paris this spring, what would be your first […]

RETELLING TIMELESS TRUTHS

          RETELLING TIMELESS TRUTHS Maybe it’s because I talk a lot that I feel my words are cheap. They slip out between my flapping lips in copious quantity, some to enter the ears of intended hearers and many to slide into oblivion. Add to this the fact that I myself often […]

BUTTER FAT

“IF YOU’RE AFRAID OF BUTTER, USE CREAM” I myself could have uttered these famous words attributed to Julia Child, who brought France to the tastebuds of America. Now, Germanic genetics have often been blamed for my own love of high-fat dairy products, but Julia’s quote makes me suspect that untraced Gallic blood might run in my veins. I recently found a […]

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JOURNAL

          GIFTS Last week I held a little giveaway on Facebook, awarding this red leather journal to the third person who signed up for my new quarterly email newsletter (see the first edition of that newsletter here) telling about what’s happening in my writing life. This generated a bit of excitement among my friends—a dozen of them […]