Glasgow: Hop on, Hop off

We took the City Sightseeing Glasgow Open Top Bus Tour on our first full day in Scotland. It was cold and drizzling, as we'd expected, but that didn't keep us from climbing to the open top to view the city. Plug in your earphones to a handy jack, and the tour guide...

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...

On Location!

Doune Castle lies northwest of Edinburgh in Stirlingshire just outside the small town of Doune. Famous for being a location in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as you walk the grounds, you hear quotes from the movie called out. "Fetchez la vache!" And I witnessed a...

The Isle of Lewis, Scotland

This summer, I dragged my family to Scotland... to its outer edges. I so very badly wanted to see the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Skye was beautiful beyond compare. But... What about the Isle of Lewis? While writing THE IRON FIN, I'd spent SO much time on Google,...

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 eyes...

That Log Does What?

This holiday season I broke with family tradition and... traveled. Where? To Barcelona. It's a beautiful old city with amazing architecture. But one of the things we found fascinating is an odd Christmas tradition they have. A pooping log. Yep. You read...

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 rented a car, heading...

Gretna Green

  When we took a family trip to Britain, one of the places I insisted upon visiting was Gretna Green. I wanted to see the famous marriage anvil, to step inside the old blacksmith’s shop I’d read about so many times in historical novels. I thought it would just be...

A Perfect Castle

Do any of you love travel as much as I do? One of my greatest weaknesses are castles. Ruined or restored, I adore them. One of my all-time favorites is Burg Eltz. Unlike many other castles, it’s been in the same family for over 850 years. 850 years! It was never...

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