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  • Readers' Questions

    Where Did Sloan Murray’s Character Come From?

    I’m starting a new series of posts where I answer readers’ questions about my books or the so called ‘writing life’. We’re starting the series with a good one: Where did Sloan Murray’s character come from? The quick answer is Celtic mythology.  But let me expand on that. The principal character in The Pharmacist’s Deadly Secret, Sloan, first appears in Xander’s Folly, the second book in The King’s Jewel series. That series revolves around the Celtic mythology of the four treasures of the Tuatha de Danann and the second book features Lugh’s Spear. In the world I created for my series, Sloan becomes the newest bearer of this mystical spear.…

  • General

    Did you know that it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day?

    I’ve followed this tradition almost every year since childhood and I’m heading to my brother’s to have it later today. I knew the meal was supposed to bring good luck for the coming year, but not why or how it started. So yesterday when this article, Pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day: Why the PA Dutch believe it’s your luckiest meal of the year, popped up in my news feed naturally I was curious. You can read the article for the details but, in a nutshell, it comes down to this: pigs root forward—symbolizing looking ahead– while chickens and turkey’s scratch backwards. The sauerkraut’s original green color symbolizes money.…