Oil and Marble



Gaudi’s La Pedrera: Night or Day?

Nearly everyone's "Must See" list in Barcelona includes a visit to the Antoni Gaudi apartment building Casa Milà (commonly called La Pedrera). It's widely considered a modernist masterpiece and WELL worth a trip. But when you go to buy your tickets, you'll... Continue Reading →


1 Year on the Road: What I’ve Learned… So Far

One year ago, my husband and I sold our condo in Los Angeles to go on the road. I’d lived in LA for over 15 years. He'd lived there for 25. But we left it all behind—at least for a while—to... Continue Reading →

Book Tour: Recap

Since publication of Oil and Marble on March 1st: 2.5 months. 18 states. 83 book talks. New York Times Sunday Book review. Los Angeles Times Bestseller. Sold out of first edition in first week. ABC. NBC. PBS. NPR. Signed over 1,000... Continue Reading →

11 Reasons to Visit the Denver Art Museum

While on book tour in Denver, I spent the day at the Denver Art Museum, and I was blown away -- not only by the art (which was fabulous), but by the atmosphere. This museum buzzes with energy and brings art to life... Continue Reading →

10 Ways Travel Makes You a Better Writer

I love to travel. When I was a kid, my parents drove us from coast to coast in a motorhome. When I was eighteen, I went to Europe with a traveling choir. I've studied art in Italy, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, and just... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Stockholm for Art Lovers

I'm an art historical novelist. I pride myself on knowing a lot about art. But Stockholm has surprised and charmed me -- not only because of its beautiful architecture and glittering waterways (the city sits on an archipelago of 24,000 islands... Continue Reading →

First Impressions: Iceland

Usually, when I go on a trip, I research everything -- the history, what we're going to do, where we need to eat, drink, or see a show. But this time around, I didn't have time to do research. I... Continue Reading →

Selling Everything to Go on the Road

It's been a few days since I've posted on this blog, but don't worry, I'm not going anywhere... Well, not off the blog anyway. This whole "selling a novel" thing has changed my life in more ways than I would've... Continue Reading →

10 Must-Visit Art Towns in the US

When it comes to art and culture, the big cities get all the buzz. New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit... How can little towns compete? But small town USA is brimming with culture to satisfy even the hungriest art buff. From museums and... Continue Reading →

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