Butterflies

Things That Bug Me – Or – What The Bug?

I attended the Bug Fair at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History a few weeks ago and came home with a bunch of questions swirling around in my head.  Here are a few that beg an answer. 1.  Why does a pest control company sponsor the Bug Fair?  … Read More

Tossing Your Book Into The World

Authors spend a year—sometimes two or three—nurturing their book.  Then comes the moment when we finally have to let go and the book takes on a life of its own. Step away from the computer, lady, and no one will get hurt. Releasing a book is exciting and frightening both … Read More

The Yakuza – Or, What Do You Mean I Can’t Take A Picture?

“Please don’t take a photo!” I was scolded as I raised my camera. “Why not?  What’s the problem?” I stubbornly questioned. “I brought you here because you asked me to.  Not because I want to get into trouble.  Let’s keep walking.” Jeez.  It wasn’t like I was hauling some hulking … Read More

Obsession: Or, I Really, Really Want It

Obsession is a strange thing. I used to be obsessed with Steiff stuffed animals when I was a kid. Okay, truth be told, I’m still semi-obsessed with them. But how far do you let a compulsion go? I’ve met stamp collectors, coin collectors, Barbie doll collectors and folks devoted to … Read More

The Good, The Bad, and The Yikes!

Why is it that people tend to think of butterflies as angelic creatures? Let’s face it—they’re nothing but bugs with big wings. Even so, they’re universally loved. It’s probably due to the words that are used to describe them—colorful, pretty, and innocent. Butterflies rank right up there with unicorns, fairies, … Read More

VERY SUPERSTITIOUS

Okay, I admit it.  I’m superstitious.  I don’t walk under ladders, or step on a crack, and I never fly on Friday the thirteenth.  If I’m working on a book, and the writing is going well, I’ll continue to wear the same clothes until I hit a bump in my … Read More

Your Tattoo or Mine?

Am I seeing things or do butterflies suddenly seem to be everywhere? I spot them on T-shirts, lunchboxes, pencil cases, notebooks, book bags, hairclips, dresses, plates, salt and pepper shakers, bathroom faucet handles, mosaic panels, bed sheets and even tablecloths. Have I possibly left anything out? Most likely. Butterflies have … Read More

Beetlemania

How popular can beetles possibly be? You wouldn’t believe it. They’re a national addiction in Japan where beetles are more popular than dogs and cats.  Rhinoceros and stag beetles are considered “must have” pets for young Japanese boys are are passionate about collecting and fighting them. Bugs are more than … Read More

The Queen of Butterflies

“You’ve written a book about butterfly smuggling?” More than one friend has asked this question. Yes, my next book is about butterfly poaching. The title is Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Thief and will published by William Morrow next April. The story involves smuggling and … Read More