If mystery is your favorite book genre, you’re in good company. Unlike some more niche genres, such as those that involve vampires or a dystopian future, mystery novels are wildlyREAD MORE

As some of my characters are farmworkers or children of farmworkers, this article about Dolores Huerta is not only relevant, but timely. Oh by the way, I organized a grapeREAD MORE

If you lived in the Central Valley of California some 20-30 years ago, you likely remember an unpleasant winter weather pattern called “Tule Fog.” Every year, it would appear outREAD MORE

Good mystery stories have been intriguing readers for hundreds of years. A great mystery writer is a master at manipulating his or her readers, dropping clues throughout the story, turningREAD MORE

The desert — a dry, seemingly uninhabitable region of the world. Defined as regions with less than 10 inches of annual rainfall, you would expect there to be very littleREAD MORE

California’s Central Valley stretches for more than four hundred miles down the middle of the state, from Bakersfield up to Redding. Known as California’s “heartland,” it is not only theREAD MORE