Stay a while to share my thoughts on writing and life.

Books for young readers are awesome!

I never considered myself a big fan of young adult books, or YA as they are better known. I confess to have read Harry Potter (well, the first three volumes, then I gave up) and I… READ MORE

On Dragonfly Wings

I’ve recently been told that blogging is important if I am about to have a new book out – and I suppose it is. Readers may want to connect and have new content. But in this… READ MORE

The Next Big Thing

A fellow writer and inspiring poet, Gwyneth Box, has asked me to join in ‘The Next Big Thing’ – an internet project where authors from different countries, different ways of life and different writing backgrounds answer… READ MORE

How politically involved should a writer be?

I’ve always wondered about this question, and the answer is, of course, that it is a personal choice. Some writers choose to make direct political statements. Others prefer to write novels or weave elaborate allegories –… READ MORE


I’ll start with a disclosure: I don’t do poetry. Or so I thought, until I learned that Aracelis Girmay, an acclaimed American poet, was coming to Geneva to give a workshop at the Geneva Press Club…. READ MORE


Today I stopped to think about what inspires me – something I don’t do often enough. Perhaps because inspiration is everywhere around us. But true inspiration – the kind that makes me grateful to be alive… READ MORE

Words, words, words…

Words are a writer’s building blocks, just like pieces of wood for a carpenter and flour and sugar for a baker. So why waste them? This is not supposed to be a way to justify the… READ MORE

Spring is here…

…hopefully to stay! It has been a short, fierce winter in the Geneva area, and the mountain-tops are still painted white. But something in the air of the crisp, clear mornings hints at the new season… READ MORE

Cold front ahead!

It is the first day of the second month of the New Year, and temperatures in the Geneva area have dropped well into negative numbers. On days like this, I am grateful that I don’t have… READ MORE

Life choices

For me, living in a part of the world where snow-covered mountain peaks in the distance are a daily sight is a conscious choice. Just getting out of the house in the morning is a refreshing… READ MORE