Santa Fe, New Mexico February 4, 2017

But not for long. Tuesday I leave for Washington DC and the AWP writing conference. I am presenting the Lizard Tales on Friday morning, the 10th of February at 9:00 a.m. as a member of Laura Hitt's panel entitled Ecofiction: Spreading Ecological Literacy through Stories. I'm honored to be included and it will be a feather in Nando's cap.


September 4, 2016

How time flies! A few changes have taken place at The Lizard Tales... In the spring of 2016 The King's Lizard was edited one further time and the fourth edition was released. I was itching to get at the 52 minuscule errors and/or silly words that have been bugging me. Someday that will happen for Dead Lizard's Dance as well, but right now this author is mostly singing and dancing and partying in the rain, (instead of sitting at my computer.) Forgive me!

Finally, reaching all the way into February of 2017, I will be attending AWP the gigantic writers' conference in Washington DC, to participate in a panel that is the concoction of Ms. Laura Hitt --- the title of our presentation is Ecofiction: Spreading Ecological Literacy through Stories. Joining Laura will be Priyanka Kumar, Ann Pancake, Elise Blackwell and myself. Going to this conference and actually being part of a panel is a big step for this normally desk-bound recluse. And I'm excited!

December 5, 2015

It pleases me to tell you I’ve been invited to be the guest author at the Pecos National Historical Park’s Holiday Fair on Sunday, December 13th.  Pecos is one of the most beautiful historic sites near Santa Fe (or anywhere in the world for that matter)—and was the place where a significant treaty took place between the Spaniards and the Comanches in 1786—Governor Anza, one of the main characters in my books was the architect of that peace, so it will be a pleasure to read a few short, lively pieces about the Pueblo as it might have been back then, and about this excellent governor. I’ll sign books, which make great holiday presents for mystery lovers and history enthusiasts. Enjoy the fair and then please join me at 1:30 on the 13th. Note: this one didn't happen! A huge snowstorm hit the Pecos area the night before, the lights and heat were out at the park, telephones were silenced, so we thought better of holding a gathering that day...

September 7, 2015

ON my way to the Anza Conference in Pueblo, Colorado in a couple of days. My speech is written and it feels just about right. Some fact, some fiction. Maybe others will gather from my talk how humane and capable our excellent Governor Anza was.

AS soon as I return it's on to the Three Trails Conference in Santa Fe, September 16th through the 20th, where I'll have a table for my books. I'm eager to meet the people who really do care about what came before us, how we got here and how Santa Fe came to be what it is today.

SOON after that, on October 3rd, I'll be at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas with my books during their Harvest Festival. That is my favorite weekend out there, with hot fresh bread baked in the hornos, grapes to crush, and the big wheel on the flour mill clanking away as the water turns it.

June 26, 2015

I am honored, delighted in fact, to be invited to be a guest speaker at the International Conference of the Anza Society in Pueblo Colorado this September. I fictionalized Juan Bautista de Anza in my three books, but a lot of research went into being able to do that. Still, I got to be more playful than most with the governor. I plan to make this fun, and I'll really enjoy hearing the other speakers and seeing the place where Anza finally trounced the Comanche Leader Cuerno Verde. I heard the late Anza historian Don Garate give his speech to this group many years back in full costume and partly in Spanish--if I can only do half as well!

June 19th, Taos, New Mexico

I'm just back from a great time with the mystery club at Moby Dickens bookstore. We had lunch together at Stella's to discuss my newest book, Lizard's Kill, and it was a real treat for me to talk about history, mystery and writing books with these people, a lot of whom felt like old friends by the end of the luncheon. Thank you to Jay and Betty at Moby for choosing Lizard's Kill as June's Mystery of the Month. What a pleasure for this author.

March, 2015

Nando rides again. Book Three of The Lizard Tales has arrived. Lizard's Kill!

January 6, 2015

New book coming soon!




January 1, 2015:

Congratulations to the amazing Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico for selling a grand total of 99 Lizards in 2014, and over a thousand since The King's Lizard was published in 2004. Runner up: Bode's Mercantile in Abiquiu, New Mexico.




 Even though I have of necessity joined the throng of e-books, I encourage all readers to continue to buy hard copy books and to support the independent bookstores in their community. These precious stores are guardians of the best and most intellectual aspects of American culture.