LAlien-From the Austrian Alps to the Hollywood Hills

Listen Up Fantasy Fans in the UK: Book Signing Event with Bradford Author E. Rachael Hardcastle on July 1st

Date - July 1st 2017
Time - 1100-1430 hours
Location – Wrose Library, Wrose Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, UK, BD181HX

In November 2016, local Bradford author E. Rachael Hardcastle visited Low Ash Primary School in Wrose, Shipley to deliver a creative writing workshop to their Year 6 pupils. At no charge to the school, E. Rachael Hardcastle ran several hours of idea-generating activities tailored to their topic of study, which resulted in the children writing short stories of their own.

Later that month having received and compiled the children's finished work, two independently published books titled 'Children of War' were published and delivered for the school's library, creating over 50 young authors in less than eight weeks.
At the end of January 2017, E. Rachael Hardcastle returned to the school with further copies of 'Children Of War' for the children to take home. It wasn't long before their story was picked up by a local television station, Made In Lee…

'LAlien' at the American Women's Association Charity Event for Frauenhäuser Wien

12 Months to 40

When I was a teenager, fourty was always my scary-age. People who were fourty were officially 'old'. They were boring, had a steady job and had the same routine everyday. Their lives seemed basically over and they were just waiting for death to come. Last week, I turned 39. I have twelve months to go before I am officially 'old'...


My late thirties snuck up on me like a bold eagle on its prey. I CANNOT believe I just turned 39 - the last year in my thirties has begun. I still remember waking up the day after my 29th birthday. A sense of panic came over me and I started to cry. At the time, I thought the midlife crisis was upon me. So I was waiting for it to set in. I wasn't sure what it would feel like but I was ready for it. And then... it never came!

I had a blast in my thirties! I lived life to the fullest. At the time, I lived in Santa Monica, just minutes from the beach. I was in top shape - as most people living in LA are - and I had a great lifestyl…

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The Lump

"You have a lump on your right thyroid" the doctor said as he opened the door to leave.
"What does that mean?" I lifted my head from the horizontal position trying not to get the goo from the ultrasound all over my t-shirt.
"Come back Wednesday and get your test results to discuss them with your PCP. Most of the time lumps are fine."
The radiologist took his cigarette-smell covered coat and himself out the door. I had the impression that he was counting the days to retirement in his head as he exited the room. By the looks of it, he didn't have too many left.

Wait! What? I have a lump? Just the day earlier my biggest worry was how to generate more followers on Instagram.

The doctor told me the news on Monday and I had to pick up the results on Wednesday. This gave me 48 hours to research the 10,000 different things a lump could mean on the internet. Going to work the next day was though but I was thankful for the distraction. Wednesday came and I ra…

LAlien is turning 1 year old!!!!!!

Today, my book-baby turned one year old!

To celebrate LAlien's first birthday, I was interviewed by fellow writer E. Rachael Hardcastle.

Check out the interview here:

It's Spring: Time to Smile


A magical thing happens every year in Austria right around this time: people remember how to smile!

When I lived in California, I was really confused why everyone was so damn happy all the time. I arrived in LA in the middle of September and my mood had already gone into hybernation ready for winter. But there is no real winter in LA. My body was confused - and my mood even more so. And then I got it: sunshine makes people happy! Eureka! Who knew?!

Now as spring has sprung in Austria, I can see the same phenomnon. Yesterday, I ran into a neighbor. She smiled at me! And even greeted me! I was confused but immediately showed appreciation by smiling and greeting back. Of course, the springtime-miracle mood-lift doesn't work on everyone - my downstairs neighbor would rather bodycheck anyone in her way than crack a smile. Gee lady-no-smiles, give it a try, it doesn't hurt. 

Nevermind the sourpuss face from downstairs, I love this time of the year! I know this smiling is …