Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

Visiting the ruins of Hanstein takes us back to medieval times - Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany in 2012 More »

Vietnam War protestors demonstrate - Wichita, KS, 1967.

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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B17 Bomber above German Airfield in WWII

U.S. Bomber flies above German airfield in WWII. More »


Change Is In The Air

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Enjoying Spaghetti Ice Cream…

Once upon a time a freshly degreed German woman traveled to the U.S. to take a job in marketing for a hotel chain. At a Super Bowl party she met an engineer who worked in aerospace. That was in 1987. Thirty plus years, three kids and several careers later, the no longer so young woman is returning to her home country.

Yes, dear friends and readers, after much consideration and many sleepless nights, we’ve decided to move back to Germany. My retired husband and our old mutt, Mocha, are joining me and together we’ll plan on exploring Europe. Of course, I’ll continue my author career. In fact, watch for a new novel hitting the market in early winter. Specifics will follow soon.

Eventually I hope to write in both English and German. I’d also love to translate my bestselling and award-winning novel, ‘Surviving the Fatherland,’ because the story takes place in Germany during and after WWII.

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Our elderly girl, Mocha, sniffing out the new digs on her first day in Germany.

You may ask, how it feels to be back. To be honest, I don’t know yet. The first few days feel like any other visit. My brain can’t decide whether to speak German or English and so I often switch between languages. Suffering from jetlag, I walk the streets in a daze and lay awake at night. It’s strange to think we have no return tickets and that this change is permanent. I’m enjoying time with my aging father and my family, my old friends and classmates. For the next few weeks, many trips to various city offices will keep us busy. We’ve got to set up bank accounts, buy and register a car, set up insurance carriers, select Internet and phone services, arrange for the arrival of our moving container, and…and…

Eventually, we’ll find ourselves in our new apartment, ready to tackle great adventures. On the writing front, nothing changes though I plan to add school visits to English classes, and maybe some editing and English related writing services. In the end, I’ll continue what I love most—writing. After all, an author only needs a laptop and a notepad.

In Other News

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Discovered Diamond 

I just learned that ‘Surviving the Fatherland’ has been selected as a “Discovered Diamond” by the Discovering Diamonds Historical Fiction Blog. Look for their review on October 3rd.

Kindle Book Awards

‘Surviving the Fatherland is a semi-finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards. Finalists will be announced in early October.