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  Favorite Books   Favorite Websites

Please keep in mind that these books are ones that I have found enjoyable, useful, or valuable in some way.   Not all of them necessarily reflect my own beliefs, and some of them are actually in conflict with them.  But there was something in them that I found compelling and/or interesting, so that's why they are listed here.


Favorite Mystery Writers

bulletJames Lee Burke
bulletMargaret Coel
bulletLaura Crum
bulletCarolyn Hart
bulletSue Henry
bulletTony Hillerman
bulletSharyn McCrumb
bulletMargaret Maron
bulletAllana Martin
bulletMarcia Mullar
bulletDonna Houston Murray
bulletEve Sandstrom
bulletJulie Smith
bulletJudith Van Gieson
bulletBetty Webb
bulletChassie West
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Favorite Mainstream Writers

bulletLee K. Abbott
bulletWilla Cather
bulletHarriet Doerr
bulletGretel Ehrlich
bulletFannie Flagg
bulletTim Gautreaux
bulletGail Godwin
bulletCarol Goodman
bulletLynne Hinton
bulletJamaica Kincaid
bulletLorna Landvik
bulletBobbie Ann Mason
bulletJo-Ann Mapson
bulletDan McCall 
bulletLarry McMurtry
bulletChaim Potok
bulletCharles Portis
bulletRon Querry
bulletRichard Russo
bulletAnne Rivers Siddons
bulletDodie Smith
bulletLee Smith
bulletWallace Stegner
bulletJohn Steinbeck
bulletElizabeth Tallent
bulletAnne Tyler
bulletLarry Watson
bulletRebecca Wells
bulletEudora Welty
bulletJessamyn West
bulletLisa Wingate
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Favorite Non-Fiction Writers

bulletShirley Abbott
bulletBarbara Ehrenreich
bulletTemple Grandin
bulletGerald Haslam
bulletTeresa Jordan
bulletTracy Kidder
bulletMiss Manners
bulletDonald Miller
bulletCelestine Sibley
bulletJan & Michael Stern
bulletDaniel Taylor
bulletStuds Turkel
bulletLauren Winner
bulletPhilip Yancey
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Favorite Books

bulletAngle of Repose -- Wallace Stegner
bulletGirl Meets God--Lauren Winner
bulletNickel and Dimed--Barbara Ehrenreich
bulletTo Kill A Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
bulletMystery and Manners -- Flannery O'Connor
bulletDuring the Reign of the Queen of Persia -- Joan Chase
bulletIn Country -- Bobbie Ann Mason
bulletHeart Mountain -- Gretel Ehrlich
bulletElena of the Stars -- C.P. Rosenthal
bulletThe Chosen -- Chaim Potok
bulletStones for Ibarra -- Harriet Doerr
bulletCakewalk -- Lee Smith
bulletTravels with Charly -- John Steinbeck
bulletPeachtree Road -- Ann Rivers Siddons
bulletI Capture the Castle -- Dodie Smith
bulletStrange Angels -- Jonis Agee
bulletPatty Jane's House of Curl -- Lorna Landvik
bulletA Tree Grows in Brooklyn -- Betty Smith
bulletThat Night -- Alice McDermott
bulletLittle House in the Big Woods -- Laura Ingalls Wilder
bulletMontana 1948 -- Larry Watson
bulletThe Screwtape Letters -- C.S. Lewis
bulletBlue Rodeo -- Jo-Ann Mapson
bulletThe Next Step in the Dance -- Tim Gautreaux
bulletBestseller -- Olivia Goldsmith
bulletThe Novel -- James Michner
bulletThe Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup -- Susan Orlean
bulletBlue Like Jazz -- Donald Miller
bulletEmpire Falls -- Richard Russo
bulletWater for Elephants -- Sara Gruen
bulletDad -- William Wharton
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Favorite Websites

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www.bearsquiltshop.com   I love this quilt shop! Between the three owners, Bear, Russ and Vivs, I don't think there's a question about quilting, fabrics, or patterns, that one of these guys can't answer.  We've discussed a variety of things, but one of my favorite conversations was the discussion about what kind of quilt tattoo I would get!  Yes, there are quilting tattoos.  And, no, I haven't gotten one...yet!  Drop by if you are in the area and have a chat.  You'll not only have a fun time, I guarantee you won't be able to NOT buy something from their marvelous selection of fabrics and quilting stuff!

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www.satterfieldmusic.com   Here's the new website of my friend, Lela Satterfield, who wrote the Pilgrim's Progress children's play I used in Delectable Mountains. She has lots of plays and songs you might like to use for your children's group. 

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www.andyrauband.com   Andy Rau is the extremely talented songwriter and musician who not only gave me banjo lessons for a year (and was one of my musical consultants), but created the music for my book trailer on YouTube. If you are in the area and have a chance to see him and his band live, you won't be disappointed by their performance. But you can also buy his CD's on his website. Though I don't take lessons from him anymore (busy writing my next book), my husband, Allen, still goes to Andy's studio every week for mandolin lessons. 

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www.quiltcenter.org  The Alliance for American Quilts.  This site has a large number of interviews with quilters.  The site also has a number of quilt projects including the Quilters Save Our Stories (S.O.S.) project.

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http://www.quarterinchpublishing.com   This is a website of another talented writer, illustrator, quilt designer and friend!  Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli has a whole series of children's quilt story books out which are bilingual Spanish/English.  Her latest one--Cascarones (Confetti Eggs) has a quote on the back from me!  It's a wonderful book with a quilt pattern included.  All her books also come highly recommended by me. 

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www.poisonedpen.com  Great independent book store where people can always get signed copies of my books.

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www.joannmapson.com  A great website of one of my favorite authors.  You'll love her Italian greyhounds!

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www.thecottonball.com  The website of the real quilt store on which I based The Fabric Patch in Morro Bay.  To clear things up, the physical quilt store that I describe is The Cottonball in Morro Bay but I gave it the name The Fabric Patch because they were the first quilt store to carry my books.  The Cottonball has moved since I first wrote about it, but they are still in Morro Bay.

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