Update on the Work-In-Progress!

I gave myself until the end of the month to finish the WIP, but we’re snowbound here in Virginia, so I sat down to write and the words just poured out. To have this story come together the way I imagined … it’s the best feeling.



“There is a strange beauty to the boto, a beauty that takes longer to see: it is like the beauty of the very old and the beauty of the fetus. Theirs is the beauty of becoming, of a creature poised on the brink of becoming something else.”       

–  Journey of the Pink Dolphin: An Amazon Quest by Sy Montgomery

These two books were excellent sources of information as I was writing Radiant City.



IMG_1328The Caipirinha is a popular cocktail in Brazil (my character, Ana, orders one in chapter 1 of Radiant City).

This drink is delicious and fresh — perfect for warm summer days!


Caipirinha recipe:

1 1/2 oz (50 ml) of Cachaça

2 tsp of sugar (white or raw), plus more for rim of glass

1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

Sparkling water (opt.)

Cut the lime into wedges and use one to moisten around the rim of the glass. Pour a thin layer of sugar on a plate and press the rim of the glass into it. Set aside to dry. Muddle the 2 tsp sugar into the lime wedges in a glass. Add crushed ice and Cachaça. Add splash of sparkling water (optional). Enjoy!