Archive | Ecuador

GRINGOLANDIA, BOOK 2: THE CLINTON MOORE THRILLER SERIES

gateatvilca.jpg

Share|  “…a friggin’ gringo nightmare”Irving Critchfield said that! I sure didn’t. But Irving is the main character in GringoLandia, and was commenting on his new home in Vilcabamba, so he gets his say …*****ANNOUNCEMENT — Irving just put up a facebook page. Check him out HERE.*****Fred and I recently made a working trip to Vilcabamba, site […]

WRITER’S TIP: YOUR PHOTOS

sfwindow3.JPG

Share| Afternoon sun hits the multi-colored stain glass window in a small church tucked away in the Andes of Ecuador. As a self-published writer, I know that I’m fortunate living Ecuador, a beautiful country where opportunity abounds for shooting original photographs for my blogs, My Pinterest Board, book covers and more. The cover of my newest […]

For Ecuador’s Expats, There’s Nothing Like A Good Old Garage – er Patio Sale!!!!!

garagesale.jpg

I remember when my mother’s cousin, “Aunt Patty,” held the first patio sale EVER at her suburban California home, sometime in the early 1960s. It was cool. It was chic. And it caught on. My mom liked the idea and tried out a front porch sale in her rural Oregon town of 500. The neighbors […]

Author Opening New Pinterest Board for Gringolandia.

crespiart4.jpg

Father Carlos Crespi of Cuenca, Ecuador I enjoyed spending my Sunday building a new Pinterest board for Gringolandia. This week, I wrote the prologue and it opens with the story of Father Carlos Crespi, a fascinating priest who lived in Cuenca, Ecuador and known world-wide for his mysterious Amazon art collection. You can read my […]

Three verses of Sinatra, and a cloud of dust (on the Streets of Cuenca, Ecuador)

Woody Hayes. Ohio State University. Listen up from heaven. You’re being honored this morning on the streets of Cuenca, Ecador, about ten yards and a cloud of dust across the New Cathedral on Calle Sucre. “Three yards and a cloud of dust.” Your famous quote comes quickly to mind as a neatly-dressed, middle-aged Cuencano weakly belts […]

The Plan “Is About Emmett Till, Too,” Author Says

Share| I just put The Plan up on Amazon (Kindle,, for now — print version comes out next week). It’s a book that starts in New York, but ends up in the Mississippi Delta and then moves into South America. For those interested in the story of Emmett Till, The Plan has much to do […]

WHY I WRITE BOOKS

newbioshot.jpg

Share| _____ Susan Klopfer I write books because they bring history alive. I believe my stories communicate a truth that is necessary for all of us to hear as we pass through life. I often write in the early hours of morning, till my husband peeks into my office and asks why I’m up and […]

Never Too Late To Learn a Lesson or Two

learnig.jpg

I met a French couple who’d been camping in southern Chile. “Español?” “Si,” he smiled. We talked as my new friends shared their Patagonian photos of diving whales and ice-blue glaciers. My high school Spanish teacher would be proud. I was USING what he had taught. I can close my eyes and see him. Moderate […]

Stunning Tiles in Cuenca, Ecuador; Walkin’ the Dog in this Colonial City

tiles1.jpg

Oh, you know how I love the old tile in Cuenca! This morning Benji (my rescue dog) and I peeked into a colonial building on the side street across from the “blue church” and found a vintage hostel, complete with the most beautiful tile inside and out. I believe the hostel’s name is Orchidea. Here’s […]

Walkin’ my dog near a dress shop in Cuenca, Ecuador

tiles.jpg

I love walking into stores and looking at the old floor tiles in Cuenca’s colonial district. We just walked by this opening to a dress shop and I noted the floor. Spectacular! Benji always wants to wander inside, but hes not usually welcome. Cuenca is where the final chapters take place in The Plan. I […]