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Gooseberry Strawberry Jam

In Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, Augusta makes her beloved Gooseberry Jam to sell at the town’s market. This version is based on a recipe for “Gooseberry Jam” from the old (1965 edition) Fanny Farmer Cookbook. When we first made this, we didn’t have the “red currant juice” it called for, so I… Read More


New England Clam Chowder

Food!

Writers enjoy including food in our books. We’re often hungry while we’re writing! The opportunity to describe food so well that the reader can taste it is one of the fun parts of writing! This month, I’ll be sharing recipes from my books and other cookbooks I love. In Tango: The Tale of an Island… Read More


PEI Lighthouse

Summer Travel

Has reading Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog encouraged your family to consider a trip to Prince Edward Island? The PEI Tourism Board encourages visitors to submit photos to their site. This photo by Trevor Mount was taken with a drone camera! Have a look at the other photos on this site, too. I… Read More


The Blessing of the Boats

The Blessing of the Boats

Fishing is an industry on Prince Edward Island, the setting of Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog. Many people earn their living this way. In Chapter 4, Pastor MacDougal performs The Blessing of the Boats at the beginning of the lobster season on May 4th. In honor of that day, here is a poem… Read More


A Writing Prompt

I’ve shared that one of my favorite places to visit is Prince Edward Island, so much that I wrote an entire book set there! Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos I’ve taken over the years. Is there a place that has a lot of meaning for you? Good memories? Beautiful vistas? Tourist attractions… Read More


Anne’s Avonlea

Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog is set on Prince Edward Island, a locale I’ve visited many times, encouraged by reading L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books. Here are some beautiful photos of Prince Edward Island  from Victoria magazine.


Do you have a dog that would save your life?

In Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, Tango learns to be brave. Even though they’re quite small compared to some dogs, Yorkshire terriers are loyal and smart. Yorkshire Terrier Saves Owner From a Bear  A different bear story: Yorkie Fights Off Bear  Spunky Yorkshire Terrier Saves Her Owner’s Life  Yorkie Doodle Dandy: A Canine… Read More


Yorkshire terrier

A Yorkie Inspired My Novel

Tango, my beloved dog who passed on last year, the model for one of the main characters in Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, was a Yorkshire Terrier. Do you know much about this breed? Do you realize that it has been a popular pet since Victorian times, first being recognized by the American… Read More


When Wishes Come True

Tango is traveling by boat on the ocean with his person, Marcellina, and her boyfriend Diego when Tango is washed overboard! In the months that follow, his fondest wish is to find his way home to Marcellina. He does everything within his power to make that wish come true. He has a lot of help… Read More


“Hey, Rat-Boy!”

In the Teachers’ Guide for Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, I’ve suggested that you develop a script for Chapter 34—“A Fair Fight”—and act out the scene. Start the scene at the point that Beau hears a voice call into the night: You’ll find good dialogue to work with and it’s a tense scene,… Read More