endangered species

Fiction or Nonfiction: That is the Question

This book reads like a novel.  It must have been fictionalized.  You made up the dialogue, right? I’ve been hearing that a lot lately in regard to WINGED OBSESSION.  The answer is no: the events as told are absolutely true.  And no: Kojima said things that even I couldn’t have … 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

CAN THEY REALLY SELL THAT ON THE INTERNET?

I love the Internet.  I admit it.  I can find an apartment on Craigslist, rent a movie on Netflix and dream about meeting the perfect man on Match.com.  I can even track down a replacement part for my near extinct refrigerator.  Forget about letting your fingers do the walking through … 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

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

The Winged Obsession Blog…

…Or Why I Decided to Write a Nonfiction Book and (temporarily) Stop Killing People I started out writing magazine articles on endangered species. Then a book contract came along and, the next thing I knew, I had ten Rachel Porter mysteries under my belt. What could be more fun than … Read More