lately googling

We can all relate to finding unpleasant surprises when Googling ourselves, right? I mean, who hasn’t stumbled across unflattering pictures, scathing reviews, and their books classified in the p0rn section?

Anyone? Hello?

Okay, maybe I’m the only soul with these problems.

But I found an interesting recommendation while Googling the Korean version of my memoir.

Way back in 2015, rabid Lewis and Clark fans read two of my books. Read what they said below.

Book(s) Recommendation
from Jerry Wilson Ohio Chapter
Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

We all read the recent book review of NOT WITHOUT MY FATHER: ONE WOMAN’S 444-MILE WALK OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE by author Andra Watkins. The book review appeared in the May 4 2015 WPO and was written by Editor Robert Clark. I completely agree with Mr. Clark.

I recommend Not Without My Father for everyone’s Corps of Discovery bookshelf.

Janice and I have been traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway biannually for the past several years (since our retirements). We always stop at Grinders’ Stand to pay honor to Meriwether Lewis. After reading Ms. Watkins’ book, I decided to imagine for myself what it would have been like to walk the entire 444 mile trip from Natchez to Nashville. It takes us two overnights to drive. There is no way I can walk it. Well, needless to say Ms. Watkins (and her father and mother and husband and many supporters) is to be commended for her feat.

I would also like to mention Ms. Watkins’ other book. The title of that book is TO LIVE FOREVER: AN AFTERLIFE JOURNEY OF MERIWETHER LEWIS. Like many of our chapter members, I try to read any and all books that have Lewis and Clark or Corps of Discovery (or Thomas Jefferson) in the title. Unlike her other book, this book is historical fiction. I realize we need to be careful with such books, but it is fun (and to me thought provoking) to read occasional novels.

Thus, I would like to recommend both books to our Ohio River Chapter members. Maybe by reading one or both books you may develop an additional interest in the Natchez Trace.

CLICK HERE to buy To Live Forever and Not Without My Father.

surprise korean not without my father

What’s the biggest surprise I’ve had in 2018?

Not Dad’s almost dying. Or the reactivation of my eye disease. Or canceling an appearance because the group didn’t promote it.

Nope. Those are all BAD SURPRISES.


Remember when I posted about selling Korean rights to Not Without My Father? Ages and AGES ago (read: almost three years ago), Word Hermit Press sold worldwide Korean language rights to a traditional publisher in Korea. I signed the deal, got my money, and never heard another thing about it.

Until about six months ago.

My agent reached out to ask permission to make a few minor changes to the book. How could I refuse? I mean, they could change EVERYTHING about the book and I wouldn’t know the difference. Follow THIS LINK to see what I mean.

Seriously, you want to click the link.

Did you click the link?

Because if you don’t click the link, you won’t know what it means. Hell, I’m still not sure what it means because the whole thing is in Korean. But I know one thing……..


Dad’s picture is all over Korean websites! Reviews are glowing, all four-and-five stars.

The Korean version was published in November, but neither agent nor publisher told my publisher or me. I found it because I GOT FAN MAIL. FROM A KOREAN READER.

It took both MTM and me googling for almost an hour to find the link above, SO PLEASE CLICK THE LINK.


I am officially an INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!!!! I make less-than-no-money, so we authors must crow and crow and crow about these accomplishments. They’re a form of validation for our toil.

Make someone in your life feel less dysfunctional. Give them Not Without My Father. CLICK HERE TO BUY.


Lately, I’ve been a busy girl. Here’s a short list of where I’ve been, what I’m working on for 2018, why I’m reading AND writing, how I plan to spend Thanksgiving and MORE.

Where I’ve Been Lately/Where I’m Going Soon

I got back on the appearance train with NINE appearances all over Wisconsin. In the featured photo, I’m with Vicky Calmes, director of Colby Public Library. They partnered with Colby Rural Arts Museum to bring me to the home of Colby cheese. (Yes, I bought some.)


I also had my first Los Angeles area appearance last week, AND I got to spend time with the exquisite Debra Fetterly. If you don’t read her blog, GET THEE THERE NOW!

Next week, I’m headed to Portland, Oregon for five appearances, including Tigard Public Library. TELL EVERY PORTLAND BODY YOU KNOW!

What I’m Working on for 2018

I already have library programs in the works for Wisconsin, New Jersey, and New York. We’re in negotiations for a major keynote speech in 2019.



Next January, I’m speaking at West Point’s Thayer Hotel WHERE I SET SCENES IN HARD TO DIE!! I even booked a room in the old portion of the hotel to see what stay there is really like.

Thanks to a lovely reader, I’m working on a coastal North Carolina appearance next February, where I’ll get to talk Theodosia for hours and hours. Ticketed event and advance meet-and-greet!



Plus, I’m headlining my first big-city business association meeting in Atlanta next March.


Why I’m Reading and Writing

Books I’ve Enjoyed Lately:

  1. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston – Set in the Honduran jungles, it provided key elements for my upcoming novel I Am Number 13.
  2. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – A little boy keeps asking for his other mother, the one he had before. A suspenseful novel of reincarnation and the lengths a mother will go to protect her son. And yes, I hope it gives my current project some additional flair.
  3. Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts – What a remarkable write! I read this one for sheer pleasure and was NOT disappointed.

I’m in the midst of edits for I Am Number 13. Last week, I shared a deleted scene. As I progress, I’ll post more deleted scenes. I’ll introduce readers to new characters, and I’ll tease final scenes as April approaches.


From an appearance in Waukesha, WI.

How I’m Spending Thanksgiving

I’m headed to Nagano, Japan to touch a 1,500-year-old statue of the Buddha. Purported to have healing powers, it is featureless from the millions of hands that have touched it for more than a millennia. The toxo parasite has destroyed part of my right eye, but it lives in my brain, lungs, and intestines. I guess I’ll be groping Buddha everywhere for my study of this ancient miracle worker.

My Japanese experience will be a chapter in my upcoming travelogue/memoir about the lengths people throughout history have been willing to go for peace, for hope, for healing, for a miracle. More than anything, I want this book to GIVE EVERY ONE OF US HOPE. Humanity is seething. We need something hopeful. We need this story, handed down to us through 30,000 years of chants and potions and beliefs and ceremonies.

There’s power in hope.

What have you been up to lately? Share in a comment!

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