A Lesson from Fremont Petroglyphs

Over Thanksgiving break my family went on an adventure in our favorite stomping ground Southern Utah (near the Kanab area). Our goal was to hike to hike to Cutler’s Point, which is a fabulous (albeit shallow) cave inside the side of a mountain plateau. (See pictures below.) As we drove back from Cutler’s Point on an old highway that used to […]


Keeping it Real

There’s more to writing books for kids than making characters come to life, crafting unique plots, and weaving suspense and humor throughout. You also have to keep up with the times—what’s cool nowadays? What do nine year olds think about? Are you using phrases or similes that relate to them? This concept became obvious to me […]


Plot like a Snowshoe Expert

       The problem with snowshoeing is that you can’t expect your feet to do their normal thing. The whole “one foot ahead of the other” concept is not applicable when you have 3-foot long tennis rackets strapped to your boots (at least that is what it feels like).    Instead, you have to […]


An International Affair

Last spring I was interviewed by Paul O’Connor of World Media Rights from the UK. He was in Kanab, Utah doing a episode of “Myth Hunters” about Freddie Crystal and the legend of Montezuma’s cursed gold.   I’m somewhat of a treasure-hunting hobbyist. I don’t go hunting for the gold (though I do love hiking), but I love […]


Don’t get hit by that train!

        Three days ago I just returned from a 13-day trip to Italy I took with two of my writing group friends. (Well, I spent twelve days in Italy and one in Brussels to be exact, but that’s a whole other story.)   Out of the thousands of pictures taken during our trip, this one is […]

What I learned picking berries

 A few weeks back my family took a four-wheel ride on some mountain roads. Along the way, we noticed the trail was lined with green, leafy wild raspberry and thimbleberry bushes. The fruit growing on them was perfectly ripe and ready to eat. All six of us hopped off our machines and began picking. My […]

UK Television Here I Come

Three Lakes in Kanab, Utah       I had a great time last week doing a two and a half hour interview with Paul O’Connor from World Media Rights. He’s doing a television series in the UK called “Myth Busters.” This episode was about the many tales of Montezuma’s treasure being hidden in Kanab, a […]

What is up with the name Lois?

Have you ever noticed how many great authors have the first name of Lois? Why is that? Of course, I’m not complaining or anything since my name is Lois and I’d like to be a really great author. But on to more deep and interesting things. I just finished MESSENGER by Lois Lowry. It is […]