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Making Violet Water: Part Two (In Which We Discuss Failure)

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April 20, 2015 by kristin

Yeah, so that didn’t work. To make violet water that smells or tastes of violets, one needs viola odorata, which is …
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Making Violet Water, Part One (The Things We Do For Historical Fiction)

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March 25, 2015 by kristin

I’m fond of violet-scented things, so in my manuscript set in the Civil War, I used violet water as my …
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A Week in the 17th Century (Two Book Reviews)

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September 3, 2014 by kristin

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In the last week, I’ve read two novels set in the 17th century, and I’ve come to the conclusion that …
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A Stolen Voice

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August 27, 2014 by kristin

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My niece challenged me last night to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. That kind of spectacle is not really my …
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Cutting the Curl: How I Let My Baby Grow Up in One Fell Swoop

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August 11, 2014 by kristin

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It started with Fancy Nancy. My 4-year-old daughter Ruby discovered her at the local public library, where we went for …
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The Five Crenshaws of Oconee County

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July 18, 2014 by kristin

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When I was 10 or 11, one of my favorite books was The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi. It …
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Jareth Meets Maleficent

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May 27, 2014 by kristin

Last week, my writer’s group had a viewing party to watch The Labyrinth because our fearless leader Tia had never …
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Review: THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR

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April 16, 2014 by kristin

When I read the description of THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR, by Jane Nickerson, I knew I must read the …
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Feed the Birds

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March 29, 2014 by kristin

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I rest my hand on my almost-4-year-old daughter’s chest and feel her heart thumping fast even as she drifts toward …
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Review: I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU

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March 22, 2014 by kristin

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My own novel is a story about two young people trying to find a way to be together in the …
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About Kristin

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Writing and reading historical fiction, and learning to sew my own clothes, because that's as good a procrastination technique as any. Current work-in-progress is a novel set in Prohibition-era New Orleans.

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