Welcome to my website, the place for the latest updates on my forthcoming book, Children of the Salt Road, a mysterious, atmospheric story set in Sicily.
My blog features random thoughts, photos, writings, fun extras, and news about my work. While I’m especially interested in birds, animals and travel–particularly to Italy–Italy and things Italian will probably show up quite a bit since Children of the Salt Road is set in Sicily, a place that owns a little piece of my heart.
To recover from a professional misstep back home, Catherine and her husband Mark rent a seaside cottage in rural Sicily. The appearance of a mysterious boy tests the young couple’s confidence in one another. As events grow more perplexing, their perceptions and desires diverge, driving a wedge between them and forcing them to question their world views as they grapple with the power and pull of an ancient, tradition-filled way of life.
At the Becoming Italian menu link, I describe the story of my nearly-complete attempt to obtain recognition of my dual Italian and American citizenship.
My interest in tracing my roots started decades ago. That process–finding people, tracking down documents and learning what it really must have meant to be an immigrant to the US in the early 1900s–has changed the way I look at what it means to be American. It sounds trite, but it’s true. I have a fresh, new appreciation for the debt we owe to the immigrants who came here–from so many countries, and for so many reasons–to build new lives. Of course, those of us descended from folks who packed up and traveled to the United States owe our very existence to those brave men and women. But the whole country owes them a debt as well. As people continue to come here, bringing their culture, food, language and experience, they enrich us as a nation. It’s what makes us the incredible, resilient, tossed-salad-of-a-country that we are.