Murderer’s thumb

A Murderer’s Thumb

            I was five, maybe six, when I first realized my thumbs were different. They were not only different from other people’s, they were different from each other. My right hand sported a long, sleek variety that had the grace of Audrey Hepburn. The thumb on my left hand was short, fat, and stubby—strangely similar to […]

UFO Picture

Ever had a “UFO” moment?

There we were, sitting in the living room, probably watching an episode of Stranger Things, when my daughter says, “Wow, look at the UFO.” Out the front window we could all see it clear as day. (See photo below.) Hovering in the sky was a classic UFO-shaped light. Maybe it was the time of night, […]


The Shrunken Head Phenomenon

What is the fascination with shrunken heads? They’ve been around since pre-Columbian times, yet the concept still manages to rear its head (pun intended)  from time to time, even in the good old United States. Yesterday I pulled into the parking lot of my local city building. After killing the engine and taking out the […]

Grandpa Brown’s famous truck

My Brush with Nicolas Cage

  The most famous member of my family is Grandpa’s truck. It’s a green Chevrolet from the late 90s, and for the last month Nicolas Cage, the actor, has been driving it around. Seriously. It all started several months ago when the Kanab Department of Tourism asked some local residents if they would be willing […]

Lois by "newspaper rock."

The Hunt for Anasazi Writings

The Anasazi Indians are considered the “Ancient Ones,” even though their name literally means “enemy ancestors” in Navajo. The Anasazi lived around the Four-Corners area for a 1,000+ years until 1300 A.D. Their engravings into the smooth, red rocks cliffs are remarkable remnants of their lost culture.  The big question is where did they go? […]


Solitary confinement

The protagonist of my latest novel, Robbed of Soul, sees ghosts. No, she’s not psychic. She suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome after being in solitary confinement for eight months in Tehran.   Before doing research about solitary confinement and PTSD,  I worried the whole “seeing ghosts” thing was too crazy to believe. Would my readers  believe my protagonist was […]


Coyote Slayer

It was late at night and I was driving my family in our Suburban along a fast-paced stretch of highway in remote southern Utah. We’d been traveling most of the day and had another half hour to go before reaching our destination. Two coyotes darted into the road from my left. I braked, missing the […]


My Stint on National TV

In the spring of 2013 I received a strange email. It was from a television producer in England. They were filming a television series called “Myth Hunters” and wanted to do an episode about the legends of Montezuma’s Gold being in Kanab, Utah. They had found my name on Amazon. I had published various short […]