Sacred Wells

Stories of ancient wells and springs have long captured my attention, so when a rogue frog on the loose in a small village of Wales became the focus of A Trace of Copper, I seized upon the opportunity to include one in my story. Where better for such a creature to...

German Longsword

Is Anne holding a sword? Yes, she is! I’ll bet some of you aren’t all that surprised, particularly those of you who’ve read In Pursuit of Dragons. It’s true, I’ve eyed the beautiful swords hanging on various walls for years now. On my honeymoon, the one item we...

A TRACE OF COPPER: An Interview with Rajendrani

During my time in graduate school, I was fortunate to be surrounded – and mentored – by numerous strong, female scientists. It’s no wonder parts of who they are have snuck onto my pages. Piyali stepped into A Trace of Copper already strong-willed and...

Unraveling Welsh

Why is A Trace of Copper set in Wales? Because it’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited. It’s been years, and I still can’t stop thinking about it.  We drove through Wales on our own (struggling to stay in the proper lane, our...

Magical Wales

  It’s no real surprise that I’ve set a story in Wales, one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. Though I spent a mere three days in the country, I’ve never been able to forget it. Several years ago, my family flew to London and...

What is Steampunk?

Not just brass goggles, leather corsets and top hats covered with gears and gadgetry – though these certainly have their place. Steampunk is a way of taking today’s technology and re-imagining it through the eyes of the Victorians, a time defined by rapid medical,...

Penny-farthings

There is only one penny-farthing, high wheel bike race in the U.S.A. and it takes place in Fredrick, Maryland. ​ This past weekend I attended the 2016 National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race where participants ride bikes also known as penny-farthings – both...

Don’t Poke Your Eye Out

Today we’re going to conduct a laboratory experiment. All you need is your finger and your eye. And when we’re done, you’ll have yet another fun anatomy and physiology fact filed away. Ready? First, a little background. Think back to that eighth grade health class...

Trust No One. Assume Nothing.

In the fall of 2015, my family visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The experience begins when they lock you in a room and you choose your cover identity. You have minutes to prepare. Memorize your name, your age, your hometown, where you’re going...

Where the Bodies Are Buried

Home renovations… so much fun. When we moved to Maryland, we bought a home that needed updates… When our contractor ripped up our old flooring, we found plywood underneath. No surprise that. What did strike me as odd, however, was that most of the plywood...

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